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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 2 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 638..


(1) In relation to question on notice No PE 50, asked during the recent annual reports hearings, regarding the provision of footpaths in Gungahlin, has a construction program for provision of a footpath adjacent to the units from 226 to 244 Anthony Rolfe Avenue been successfully negotiated with the developer;

(2) When is the footpath likely to be completed.

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

(1) No. Despite considerable negotiation by the ACT Planning and Land Authority the developer has and does not intend to provide a construction program.

(2) The Authority intends to construct the footpath by the end of March 2006. The cost of the work will be recovered from the developer.

Dragway

(Question No 886)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 15 February 2006:

(1) Where is the proposed dragway project at and what stage is the dragway committee at in its deliberations;

(2) What is the expected cost of a national level dragway and when is it expected a dragway will be built and completed in the ACT.

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

(1) As I announced on 20 February 2006, the Government will proceed with a detailed evaluation of a possible dragway at Block 51 Majura, in accordance with the recommendations of the Dragway Advisory Committee. The evaluation phase will include further environmental and planning investigations and a thorough and transparent community consultation process. My department has prepared a Community Discussion Paper, which is available on the net at www.cmd.act.gov.au/actdragway. This Discussion Paper summarises the status of the proposal, identifies the potential issues associated with the establishment of a dragway and outlines the intended consultation process. The Discussion Paper also contains links to the initial feasibility studies and the advice of the Dragway Advisory Committee.

(2) According to the GHD Cost Report, which was one of the feasibility studies, a staged national standard dragway facility could be constructed for close to $8 million. As indicated in the Discussion Paper, there are further financial issues which need to be considered. As I have previously indicated, I would expect this project to be completed within 12 months of it receiving all of the approvals required under the Territory's planning and environmental laws. However, as I indicated in my recent announcement, there are a number of planning and environmental hurdles to be cleared before the Government could be satisfied that a dragway could be built on Block 51 Majura.

Aboriginal health impact statement

(Question No 902)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 15 February 2006:


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