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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 3732..


Economic Development Directorate—accommodation (Question No 2365)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Economic Development, upon notice, on 10 May 2012:

(1) Can the Minister provide a list and the corresponding cost of fit-outs, refurbishments and minor capital works that have taken place in 2011-12 in relation to their Directorate's accommodation.

(2) What is the scope and cost of any additional accommodation works planned for the remainder of 2011-12.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Implementation of the Hawke Review Accommodation Strategy consolidates a significant portion of the Economic Development Directorate within the Dickson/Braddon precinct. Five fit out and relocation projects have been essentially completed with staff relocated into the consolidated locations, some minor works remain to be completed. Expenditure during 2011-12 is $1.655m.

The consolidation of accommodation provides a significant annual rental savings particularly with Tourism and Events relocating from Brindabella Park together with downsizing their spatial requirements. The overall annual savings in rent across the Economic Development Directorate and the Land Development Agency is $211,457 GST Exclusive.

The consolidation of Sport and Recreation together with the ACT Academy of Sport is another example of the benefits and efficiencies of Directorate functions being co located.

EDD is one of the most affected Directorates within the Accommodation Strategy.

(2) Finalisation of works on the above projects is expected to cost a further $143,000.

It is anticipated that very little further fit out or relocations will be required for EDD.

This work is part of a program valued at around $6.5m - $7m to implement the accommodation changes resulting from the Hawke Review. The budget for the program was sourced from the funds previously appropriated to the Whole of Government Accommodation Strategy.

QoN 2365 Response

Location Estimated costs to date 2011-12 Forecast remainder

2011-12 490 Northbourne Ave Level 2 $25,555 470 Northbourne Ave Level 6 $82,433 470 Northbourne Ave Grd Fl $386,936 220 Northbourne Ave Level 8 $810,866 $19,000


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