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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 1661..

(e) All materials were used during the painting of this mural.


(Question No 1564)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Speaker, upon notice, on 1 May 2007:

(1) What has been the progress of capital works expenditure for the Assembly as at 31 March 2007;

(2) What works have been undertaken during 2006-07 and at what expense;

(3) When will the projects outlined in part (2) be completed;

(4) Will there be any work on these projects next financial year;

(5) Are these projects being completed according to budget or have there been significant (a) overspends or (b) underspends on the projects;

(6) What have been the reasons for any significant (a) overspends or (b) underspends on these projects.

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

(1) The Assembly received $200,000 capital upgrade funding in 2006-07 to undertake works and other improvements on the Assembly Building. As at 31 March, $126,000 of this funding had been spent. As detailed in the answer to part (2) of your question, remaining capital upgrade funding from previous years has also been fully expended in works associated with the completion of the redesign to the public entrance and to the upgrade of security systems and arrangements.

The remaining 2006-07 funding will meet the cost of a new fire indicator panel to replace the current panel that is no longer supported in the case of failure; and the cost of an extensive hydraulic survey to identify problems with stormwater drainage.

(2) The majority of works undertaken in 2006-07 relate to the redesign of the public entrance and the upgrade of security systems and arrangements. Initial funding for these works (totalling $600,000) was provided in the 2004-05 budget, however the public entrance redesign project was subject to a series of delays - initially to allow redesign work to occur so as to reduce the cost to within available budget and, once the design was revised and the tender process completed, there were extensive delays in the project itself due to problems with manufacture and supply of key materials. The entrance redesign project was eventually completed in February 2007 and the upgrade of security systems and arrangements (the timing of which was linked to the entrance redesign project) is nearing completion.

It is difficult to distinguish expenses for the two projects because they were funded and managed simultaneously and the public entrance redesign had a number of elements that were security related. The initial funding for both projects was inadequate and had to be supplemented by other capital works funding provided in 2004-05 and part of the 2005-06 capital upgrade funding.

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