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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1415..


reasonable in the circumstances, considering the extreme amounts of rain and, indeed, the geological fault that had been identified that had not been identified previously. That was no small matter. As I understand it, it was a fault line that went down 80 metres that had to be followed and dealt with, otherwise the dam could not have been safely completed.

They were the issues that were brought to our attention. We were not given a figure. As I said, we had a discussion I think in the first week of March. I asked that we be provided with a full analysis post the expectation around the costs of the second major rainfall event. That work has not been completed at this point in time.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary.

MR SESELJA: Minister, in the spirit of your claimed open government policy, why didn't you inform the community and the Assembly when you first became aware of the risk of a budget blow-out?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not think it was any secret. Has it just dawned on those opposite? Mr Sullivan was out and had been interviewed, making comment around this, saying that the budget was under pressure and that they were having a look at that. So I do not think anything has been hidden from the community. In terms of responsibility about provision of information to the community—indeed we have provided some of that already—I, in my discussions with Mark Sullivan, wanted a complete picture of the nature of the budget over-runs post the second rain event. That work still has not been completed. When it is, it will be provided for the community.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: What proportion of the budget blow-out will be borne by Actew and what proportion will be borne by the alliance partners?

MS GALLAGHER: What proportion? It is equally shared over the initial $10 million, I believe, under the Bulk Water Alliance agreement. But of course as the final figure has not been determined I cannot answer that question in its entirety.

Fitters Workshop

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, on 27 October last year, you said in this place in relation to the relocation of the Fitters Workshop:

... to delay the government's decision regarding the relocation of Megalo to the Fitters Workshop in mid 2012.

Minister, during the inquiry into the Fitters Workshop by the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs, it became apparent that the construction work would take 18 months and this would be delayed a further six months due to the need to assess underground tanks on the site. Given that the development application was approved on 28 November 2011, that would put Megalo into the Fitters Workshop no


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