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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2156..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I am tabling the government's submission to the review of Auditor-General's report No 1 of 2009, Road Projects-Fairbairn Avenue upgrade and Horse Park Drive. The government is pleased with the audit's overall findings that indicate that: planning for individual ACT road projects is undertaken in a sound policy framework that features established procedures and has adequate regard to economic, environmental and community concerns; and both the Fairbairn Avenue upgrade and Horse Park Drive extension fulfilled construction specifications and met the objectives. The government agreed, or agreed in part, with all six of the audit's recommendations.

Many of the audit's specific findings in relation to projects reflect the complex nature of capital works projects, in particular, road projects. The findings reflect an inherent uncertainty in planning for budget and scope, particularly at the early inception phase of a project.

As the report noted, prices in the Canberra construction market began to rise sharply from the end of 2002, continuing for several years. This market buoyancy contrasted sharply with preceding years, during which time price rises were relatively modest and industry response trends were generally favourable. These more stable conditions informed much of the early estimation of costs for both projects.

The government notes that both projects concluded some time ago, with practical completion of Fairbairn Avenue and Horse Park Drive occurring in January 2006 and February 2004 respectively, and a number of reforms have been implemented since these projects concluded, including, most significantly, the centralisation of procurement resources of 2005-06, which has improved coordination and expertise associated with ACT government procurement activity.

Financial Management Act-instruments

Papers and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo-Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Financial Management Act-Instruments, including statements of reasons-

Pursuant to section 16-

Directing a transfer of appropriations from the Department of Territory and Municipal Services to the Department of Land and Property Services, dated 13 May 2010.

Directing a transfer of appropriations from the Department of Territory and Municipal Services to the Department of Land and Property Services, dated 3 June 2010.

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