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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 2186..

binding arbitration. Any change from the existing rate of 4% would only apply to new contracts, not existing ones and then on renewal of expiring contracts.

Based on current annual expenditure for sessional VMO contracts, once all contracts include indexation of 2%, the annual saving from this proposal would be approximately $0.5 million.

(8) The timing or motivation for any VMO electing not to continue in the ACT is a matter for the VMO.

Negotiations with VMOs are continuing.

Transport—light rail (Question No 106)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 11 April 2013:

In relation to the Government's commitment to construct light rail, what is the breakdown of the expenditure to-date, broken down by financial year, on (a) recruitment, (b) the establishment of the Capital Metro agency, (c) consultancies, including engineering investigations, transport planning and economic and financing studies and (d) other associated research.

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


a) No specific recruitment expenditure has been incurred relating to the Capital Metro project. For costs of staff engaged in this activity, refer to my response to Question on Notice Number 66.

b) Costs of establishing the Capital Metro Agency are being absorbed within current appropriations. No specific attribution of staff costs has been made by Directorates for work associated with preparation of material for Government consideration in deciding to establish the Capital Metro Agency. Costs attributable to establishing that agency are $20,000 for advice sought from the company that assisted in the establishment of the Gold Coast Light Rail project and salary costs of around $4,500 for the senior executive appointed as the interim project director.

c) 2011 - 2012 $0.913 million Consultancies expenditure associated with the Gungahlin to City Transit Corridor Study 2012 - 2013 $0.511 million Consultancies expenditure associated with the Gungahlin to City Transit Corridor Study 2013 - 2014* $0.300 million Consultancies expenditure associated with the Capital Metro Light Rail Integration Study *committed expenditure against contracts expected to be invoiced in the next financial year.

d) 2012 - 2013 $33,225 Other associated research

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