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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 4 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 1129..


MS GALLAGHER: the decisions that we take—

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Mr Smyth!

MS GALLAGHER: in land around the airport, in the roads and transport systems around the airport, are supporting economic growth and the potential of what the airport can deliver.

Roads—Barry Drive

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services—my favourite minister at the moment—and relates to the newly opened Barry Drive transitway. Minister, according to the 2010-11 budget, this project was supposed to be completed by June 2012. The project was delayed and the 2012-13 budget states that "delays are due to longer than expected negotiations with stakeholders regarding delivery aspects of the project". Minister, what delivery aspects were being referred to and why did the negotiations with stakeholders take longer than expected?

MR RATTENBURY: Could I ask Mrs Jones to repeat the start of the question? I actually do not know what project you are talking about as I could not hear it.

Mrs Jones: Minister Rattenbury was very interested in the fact that he is currently my favourite minister. My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and relates to the newly opened Barry Drive transitway.

MR RATTENBURY: Thank you, Mrs Jones. Now that I have stopped blushing, I will come to the question at hand. The Barry Drive transitway which you are referring to was just opened this weekend. It came into effect on Saturday morning. The lights and the various functions related to it were turned on at 6 am on Saturday. I think it was a good strategy on the part of Territory and Municipal Services to go for that sort of soft opening, just to allow drivers to get used to it in perhaps some less busy times over the weekend. So that is the good news part of the story.

In terms of your question about the delays, I do not recall the original time frame on that project. It was not something that I was particularly involved in, so I am not able to give you any details of the cause of those delays at this point in time.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, did the longer than expected negotiations increase the cost of the project and, if so, by how much? If you are not across the detail, can we perhaps have it on notice?

MR RATTENBURY: I am not aware of any increase in the costs of that project, but I will take it on notice and provide you with the details.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.


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