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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 3 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1023..


category 1, and for category 2 has steadily increased from 68% to 82% against a benchmark of 80%. The number of patients remaining in our EDs for longer than 8 hours prior to admission has reduced from 35.7% to 28.9%, which is a 19% improvement.

National Convention Centre

(Question No 1850)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 13 February 2008 (redirected to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) What was the estimated budget for the refurbishment of the National Convention Centre;

(2) How much was actually spent on the refurbishment project;

(3) If there was a variance from the budget, what was the reason for this variance;

(4) What consultations were undertaken with relevant industries prior to the refurbishment project;

(5) What were the outcomes of these consultations;

(6) How were these outcomes incorporated into the design of the refurbished Centre.

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

(1) The budget was $30,000,000.

(2) The expenditure to 3 March 2008 was $25,024,000.

(3) The project has been constructed without requiring the contingency and there were favourable tender prices.

(4) Consultations were undertaken with representatives of the Master Builders Association, Canberra Convention Bureau, Tourism Industry Council, Australian Hotels Association, EPIC, Canberra Business Council, ACT Chamber of Commerce, Property Council and The Communication Link.

(5) Desired improvements to the NCC were identified and prioritised.

(6) The most highly rated improvements were given priority in the scope of works.

Crime—assaults

(Question No 1855)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 13 February 2008:

(1) How many reported assaults have taken place at the City Bus Interchange each month since September 2007;


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