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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1846..


announced that the Tuggeranong Arts Centre upgrade is underway and due for completion in August this year. Has your management of capital projects within your portfolio changed since the 55 Plus Club project?

MS BURCH: As ever the most gracious question comes from the Canberra Liberals. I am very pleased with the development and the delivery of the Tuggeranong 55 club in Tuggeranong, as are the residents and the locals who use that great facility. I was out visiting the redevelopment of the Tuggeranong Arts Centre just recently. It has certainly been shelled. They are doing all the form work. They are putting in a pit to accommodate the lift to provide good access. I was talking to the builder responsible, who was also on site; he gave me no indication that it would be delivered late.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what has your department learnt from your experiences with the 55 Plus Club project delays, and what processes have been put in place to ensure there are no repeat delays in other projects?

MS BURCH: I have a lot of confidence in the Community Services Directorate and how they manage capital projects across the arts and across the Community Services Directorate. I think it is most unfortunate for Mr Smyth to take away the good work that they do.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, will you now guarantee the Tuggeranong Arts Centre will be delivered on time and on budget?

MS BURCH: As I have indicated, when I was there recently and speaking with the builder, he gave me all the confidence that it will be delivered on time.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, will you now guarantee that all other projects in your portfolios will be delivered on time and on budget?

MS BURCH: Only if Mr Wall can guarantee it will not rain or hail, or have any bad weather that would impact on any construction project.

Visitors

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call Mr Seselja—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order members!

Ms Burch: Well, they threw it across, Madam Speaker.


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