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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4065..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The position of the government, ACTPLA and the LDA in relation to this is that we have sorted out our game. There are now issues in relation to design and development application financing from the provider's point of view that need to be nailed down so that we are not seeing circumstances in which beds are allocated, direct grants of land are made with a view to work commencing in relation to allocated beds two years after the allocation—

Mr Mulcahy: So you admit it: for six years it's been a—

MR STANHOPE: It has not; you can now see that. We inherited the circumstance: after 61/2 years of Liberal government there were 14 beds. Just ponder that. What was it about the period 1995 to 2001—with the most rapidly ageing population in Australia—that the Liberal Party thought it was appropriate to sit on its hands in relation to aged care provision and deliver two beds a year?

Mr Barr: One bed for each government member and their partner.

MR STANHOPE: Yes, one bed for each retiring government member. (Time expired.)

Schools—capital expenditure

MS MacDONALD: My question, through you, Mr Speaker, is to Mr Barr in his capacity as minister for education. Can the minister inform the Assembly about school capital upgrades that have occurred in the Molonglo electorate?

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I thank Ms MacDonald for the question and for her ongoing interest in the ACT public education system. Members would be aware that I have had the opportunity to outline to the Assembly the wide array of capital works that are occurring across Canberra. I think it is very important, as a member for Molonglo, to have the opportunity to talk a little bit about the range of capital works upgrades that are occurring in the electorate of Molonglo.

I am pleased to advise the Assembly that just short of $53.5 million worth of capital upgrades are occurring in ACT public schools across the electorate of Molonglo. In the primary school sector, $25 million worth of upgrades are occurring. I take great pleasure in the range of important work and important developments and upgrades and new facilities that are being provided to schools in my electorate of Molonglo.

For example, at Ainslie primary school we are resurfacing all hard playing surfaces at the primary school and installing a roof safety system. Arawang primary school is having a complete upgrade of the administration areas. The school is being painted externally and the landscaping is being upgraded. Campbell primary school is having a heating and electrical upgrade, landscaping upgrade and roof upgrade. Chapman primary school is getting a new hall, external painting and shade structures for outdoor areas and improvements to the landscaping.

Curtin primary school is having upgrades of car parks and playgrounds. Duffy primary school is having a security upgrade, upgrade of paved areas,


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