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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2995..


* escalation of these costs over time. Construction costs have increased at a higher rate than inflation over the past 9 years. This accounts for a significant portion of the increase in the URS estimates.

* Infrastructure assumptions: the KBR study was an engineering assessment, and based its corridor costings on roadwork costs that may be more appropriate for a greenfield rather than brownfield project. The URS costings include roadwork assumptions more appropriate to changing an existing road (while continuing its operation and managing traffic/travel). The roadwork cost per kilometre assumption has increased by more than 20 times between the studies.

* Detail of studies: the 2004 KBR estimates were indicative not definitive, and applied across the whole transport network. The current study is the most comprehensive study into light rail on a single corridor in the ACT, and has been benchmarked against comparable - and current - projects, including the Constitution Avenue Upgrade Project, Gold Coast Rapid Transit, and the Melbourne Hoddle Street Planning Study.

* Quality: The current study includes some estimates to maintain (and enhance) the quality of the public realm along the corridor, including landscaping, pedestrian and cycle paths. The current project is an integrated transport project, whereas the KBR work was simply an engineering study.

* Contingency: The current estimates are based on pre-feasibility stage, and consistent with national guidelines include an accuracy range of -15 to -30% and +20% to +50%. The previous estimates included less for contingency.

Housing—Narrabundah Long Stay Caravan Park (Question No 2311)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Community Services, upon notice, on 3 May 2012:

(1) In relation to the Narrabundah Long Stay Caravan Park, what was the total (a) revenue received and (b) total operating expenditure incurred, by Government for managing the caravan park for the last three financial years and for the period 1 July 2011 to 31 March 2012.

(2) What was the total capital expenditure incurred or committed by Government in maintaining the caravan park for the last three financial years and for the period 1 July 2011 to 31 March 2012.

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

(1) (a) Housing ACT received total revenue of $1.483 million for the period 1 July 2008 to 31 March 2012.

(b) Housing ACT incurred total operating expenditure of $1.542 million for the period 1 July 2008 to 31 March 2012.

(2) The Government committed $600,000 to the upgrade of infrastructure at the caravan park in the 2008-09 budget. This amount is in addition to the $1.542 million of total operating expenditure in (1) (b).


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