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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 4 Hansard (6 April) . . Page.. 1430..


It is my hope that in the coming budget, consistent with our announcements in relation to Northbourne Avenue, that we will through the budget process be able to fund the design. That has not yet been funded, but it is a high priority project. The budget will be under some stress, but I would imagine that precisely those sorts of issues will be fleshed out during the community consultations through the feasibility and through the design.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, will the timing you have allowed for the feasibility study and future funding allow its recommendations to be funded or implemented before the end of this parliamentary term?

MR STANHOPE: I would think it would probably be a long bow to believe that we could begin and complete a complete upgrade of Northbourne Avenue, an upgrade that would potentially involve construction of a bus lane each way and a new cycle path. It is a major undertaking. A back-of-the envelope number in terms of costs, even by me with my inexpert knowledge or understanding of costing major road projects, is that this a project that will cost well in excess of $100 million. It is a major product. The engineering and the works required to provide dedicated bus lanes, if that is the decision or the outcome of both the feasibility and the design, would be a job that I could not imagine being completed before the end of this particular term, which is 18, 19, 20 or so months away, or whatever it is.

ACT Corrective Services—Hamburger review

MR COE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, the Hamburger review into ACT Corrective Services governance dated 12 March 2011 found:

That the current capacity of 300 beds leads to challenges in separating and segregating detainees which places constraints on the delivery of services to detainees and the management of the safety and security of the correctional centre.

Attorney, when you reduced the planned capacity of the AMC from 374 beds to 300 beds in 2006 you assured the Assembly that the AMC would have capacity for the next 25 years. Attorney, why in the first year of operations has it been found that the current population of the AMC has placed constraint on the management of safety and security when you stated that the capacity would be adequate for the next 25 years?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Coe for the question. Of course those opposite would know, because they have asked for it and received it already, that the government had a detailed projection which it relied upon to make an assessment about the total prisoner capacity that should be built into the Alexander Maconochie Centre, and they would know that the high-end projection, that is, the most pessimistic projection of


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