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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3682..

Transport-capital expenditure

(Question No 543)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 25 August 2005:

(1) What was delivered for the $169 000 of capital expenditure, as at the end of the 2004-05 March Quarter, on the forward design of the Sustainable Transport Initiative, Stage 1;

(2) Was there any further expenditure on this project in the final quarter of 2004-05; if so, how much and what was delivered for that expenditure; if not, why not;

(3) What is the current (a) total expenditure and (b) status of this project;

(4) What is the completion date for this project;

(5) Is the project running according to schedule to meet that completion date and will it be met on budget.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The following items have been delivered as at end March 2005:

    • bus station design guidelines
    • governance model and committee terms of reference for project oversight
    • initial route options work for early discussions with stakeholders
    • proposed route announced in January 2005
    • completion of route options for busway through City West area and initial option identification for bus operation in the City Centre
    • capitalised salary for dedicated project staff
    • tenders called for route identification and Preliminary assessment of Belconnen-City Busway
    • tenders called for specialist Busway program management assistance.

(2) Expenditure for the June quarter was $1.18m.

Total expenditure for the year was forecast at $1.5m of which $1.47m was spent as at the end of June 2005. During this quarter the following was delivered:

    • a one-off annual transfer of $0.5m made to Department of Urban Services for completion of bicycle path construction in 2004-05 as part of the 10 year cycle master plan;
    • contract awarded for the Belconnen - City route identification and Preliminary Assessment work;
    • contract awarded to McCormick Rankin and Cagney, an international transportation and Busway specialist organisation, for work to be undertaken in 2005 - 2007.
    • Completion of preliminary sketch plans for bus priority measures in Belconnen Town Centre.
    • Preparation of tender documentation for a number of tenders to be called in Quarters 1-2 2005-06, including:

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