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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 8 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 2297..


lump sum tender procurement model was proven to achieve the most competitive tender prices over other construction delivery models.

In terms of timeliness, ETD is managing this project for an opening at the start of the 2015 school year. The directorate has already progressed the final sketch plans. These documents will be submitted to ACTPLA as part of the development application process. It is anticipated that approval will be given around September this year. The project architect has now been instructed to prepare detailed design documentation for the construction tenders.

The directorate has engaged a peer review architect to ensure that the designs are buildable and will not cause any concerns or delays. The project planner will be asked to review the detailed design documentation and I am confident that the project will be delivered on time and on budget.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, given that you mentioned procurement, when will the payment disputes about Gungahlin College be settled?

MS BURCH: I do not have that detail in front of me, but ETD has a very strong history and capacity on managing very key projects. That includes Gungahlin College. As I have said, we came in under $28 million on those two most recent schools.

Health—bush healing farm

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, In 2009 you announced that a 16-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples would be established at a cost of $5.5 million and be completed for use by June 2010. This facility has been rescoped to be an eight-bed facility, and in the budget handed down yesterday the cost has blown out to $7.933 million and it will not be ready for use until August 2015. Minister, why is your government unable to deliver infrastructure projects on time, on scope or on budget?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Wall for his interest in the Ngunnawal bush healing farm. It is great to have a refreshing perspective on that very important—

Mr Hanson: I had a pretty keen interest too, Katy, remember? Do you remember that?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, you did, Mr Hanson, a lot of interest in bagging it and raising concerns about the local winery, as I understand it, and trying to run a fear campaign, which I have to give you credit for. If there is one thing the Liberal opposition can do quite effectively, it is run a fear campaign.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher, could you sit down please. Mr Hanson, you are being rather noisy this question time. Ms Gallagher, I would ask you to comply with


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