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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 2135..

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) ACT Health does not record this type of information.

(2) Not applicable.

Canberra Glassworks

(Question No 1616)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 5 June 2007 (redirected to the Minister for the Arts):

(1) What was the original budgeted cost for the new Canberra Glassworks on the Kingston foreshore;

(2) What was the original budgeted cost for this project in the form in which it was finally approved;

(3) What was the final cost of this project;

(4) How will this blow out in costs affect the ACT Budget position and the pressure on ACT taxpayers;

(5) Does the Government wish to revise the projected costs for any of its other capital works projects in light of this blow out in costs.

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

(1) The original construction budget for the Canberra Glassworks was $9.545 million, allocated in 2004-05 following the development of a user's brief and the preparation of a full Business Case.

In 2001-02, prior to the undertaking of a base-building audit, development of a user's brief or completion of forward design, an initial allocation of $2.9 million (including $.3 million for forward design) was made to the proposed contemporary glass centre. The (then) Kingston Foreshore Development Authority promised a contribution of $2.47 million towards a base-building upgrade (to bring the building shell up to current standards) which was not provided until 2006-07.

(2) The construction budget for the approved design (Final Sketch Plans) for the Canberra Glassworks was $10.75 million.

Following completion of the Preliminary Sketch Plans, and a base-building audit which demonstrated that the building was in poorer condition than originally thought, the Land Development Agency contributed an additional $1.3 million. This funding was allocated in 2005-06, but not provided until 2006-07.

(3) The final capital works cost of this project was $11.41 m.

During construction, unexpected faults were identified in the roof structure, and residual contaminants were discovered once roof replacement had commenced. An

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