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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 2136..


additional $665,000 was reallocated from existing Chief Minister's Department funds in 2006-07 to meet these latent conditions.

(4) I do not consider this funding a 'blow out in costs'. The frame of reference that applies to any project 'blow out of costs' remains the Bruce Stadium fiasco in which the Liberal Party took a $12million project and delivered it for in excess of $80million. Now that's a blow out.


The increased costs were due to additional work required to address latent conditions in the Kingston Powerhouse building, problems which would have had to have been addressed in any refurbishment of this important community asset. The Powerhouse is the oldest permanent public building in the ACT, and was left unused for many years, so it is hardly surprising that unexpected challenges arose during the refurbishment of the Powerhouse and construction of the Canberra Glassworks.


Additional funding of $1.3million was provided by the Land Development Agency as a part of the Kingston Foreshore development project, and $655,000 was sourced from underspends and savings within the Chief Minister's Department. Rather than cause so-called problems for the ACT community, this modest investment in Australia's latest cultural attraction will produce significant and ongoing benefits to both the residents of and visitors to the ACT.

(5) As stated, I do not consider the project suffered from a 'blow out' in costs.

Planning—carpark takeaway food van

(Question No 1617)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 5 June 2007:

(1) Does the purpose clause of the car park allow the takeaway food van currently operating in the car park on London Circuit next to the Australian Federal Police Headquarters to operate legally;

(2) What, if any, change has occurred to the purpose clause of the car park to allow this food van to operate;

(3) Have any licences, or other authorisations, been granted to this food van to allow it to operate legally;

(4) Who is the operator of this food van;

(5) How much is the operator of this food van paying for the use of this site;

(6) What rates and levies is this food van required to pay in order to operate at this site;

(7) How has the addition of this food van affected competing takeaway food businesses in Civic who are required to pay rates and levies in order to operate.

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

(1) There is no lease or licence under the Land Act.


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