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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (17 September) . . Page.. 4272..


the range of features being designed into both the carpark and the Acute Adult Mental Health Inpatient Unit to minimize any possible impacts on the mental health unit from the carpark. For the carpark, these features include the "pixilated"façade to prevent overlooking and avoidance of possible points of self harm. For the mental health unit, these include its orientation towards the more open view sides of the site; the inclusion of extensive external and internal landscaping, green and treed areas, quiet areas, and courtyards; and ensuring no patient bedrooms and living areas are in shadow.

Finance—government expenditure

(Question No 269)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 20 August 2009:

(1) In relation to section 18 of the Financial Management Act, in Direction No. 2008-09/11, why was (a) $4.218 million provided to 'maintain service levels across the Park, Conservation and Lands portfolio', (b) $1.131 million provided 'to provide payments associated with the management of the Civic and Tuggeranong pools', (c) $0.716 million provided 'for costs associated with maintaining service levels across Public Libraries' and (d) $0.325 million provided for 'increased costs for sportsground mowing'.

(2) What are the details of the 'legal expenses' of $3.2 million that were incurred by the Department of Justice and Community Safety and for which Direction No. 2008-09/12 was issued.

(3) In relation to Direction No. 2008-09/17, why was $90 000 provided for 'costs associated with undertaken the Cotter EIS project'.

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

(1) (a) Funding of $4.218 million was provided to maintain service levels across the Park, Conservation and Land portfolio due to a range of price increases related to service delivery, as well as growth in the area managed under the portfolio. The growth in area and assets managed is attributed to urban open space, parks, playgrounds, trees, and related community infrastructure received from greenfield developments.

(b) Funding of $1.131 million was provided for payments associated with the management of the Civic and Tuggeranong pools due to the finalisation of negotiations under the respective facilities management contracts. Additional funding was also provided on a good faith basis to compensate the facility manager for extended closures as a result of unforeseen delays arising from capital upgrade works completed on the facilities.

(c) Funding of $0.716 million was provided for costs associated with maintaining service levels across public libraries, mainly in order to offset the impact of delays in achieving savings from the implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology across ACT public libraries. Full implementation of RFID has been delayed because of additional work necessary to identify and secure the most cost-effective and functionally appropriate solution.


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