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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3695..

(5) See response to question 4.

(6) See response to question 4.

(7) See response to question 2.

Infrastructure-capital expenditure

(Question No 554)

Mrs Dunne asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 25 August 2005:

(1) Why did the Government record nil capital expenditure, as at the end of the 2004-05 March Quarter, on the 'Sustainable Infrastructure' project;

(2) What was the total amount of capital expenditure on this project as at the end of the 2004-05 financial year;

(3) What is the current status of this project in terms of expenditure and what has been delivered for that expenditure;

(4) Is the Government committed to sustainable infrastructure in the ACT; if so, why was $2.5 million for this project rolled over into the 2005-06 financial year;

(5) Why was the Government not able to meet its commitment to the Sustainable Infrastructure project in the financial year that the funding was allocated to it.

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

(1) The Sustainable Infrastructure Program is not a specific individual capital works project but a Fund that is aimed to supplement individual capital works projects to enhance their environmental performance. As noted in the 2004-05 Budget papers (2004-05 Budget Paper No. 3, page 210):

"The programs will implement measures aimed at increasing energy efficiency, conserving water and reducing emissions. It will explore the use of alternative energy sources, materials and design elements to deliver cost effective enhancements in the environmental performance of public facilities and infrastructure."

Hence activities that are supported by the Fund are elements of other, larger projects and are inextricably linked to the timeframes for the delivery of the individual projects.

Whilst at the end of the 2004-05 March quarter there had been no cash expenditure from the Sustainable Infrastructure Program, a total of $1,500,000 had been committed to a number of projects. These projects are the Birrigai Redevelopment, the Health Protection Service, Holder and the North Building refurbishment.

(2) As at 30 June 2005, a total of $2,315,000 had been committed to a total of 7 different projects.

(3) The majority of available funds have been committed to a number of projects that are currently under construction or are scheduled to go to tender in October. The

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