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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1585..


MR RATTENBURY: Aside from the four referred to in this item, I will have to take the rest of the question on notice.

Transport—light rail

MR COE: My question to the Chief Minister is in regard to light rail. Yesterday the Canberra Times quoted you as saying about light rail that "the government's consideration may or may not include changes to the route". Chief Minister, did the master plan process include an assumption that the southern terminus would be on Northbourne Avenue? If not, what was articulated to tenderers?

MS GALLAGHER: The operational matters of capital metro rest with the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. In relation to the comments I made yesterday, they were in relation to a general question asked about future decisions that will be taken around capital metro. Those are yet to be taken and the cabinet will be considering them in the second part of this year.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, what changes are proposed given your commitment to build Gungahlin to the city as stage 1?

MS GALLAGHER: I think it is best if I just repeat the answer to the last question. The government will be taking a range of decisions around this project in the second half of this year, once the cabinet has been fully briefed on all the work that Capital Metro is doing to date.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what is the latest projected capital cost of the project?

MS GALLAGHER: I refer the member to my previous answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, when will the first tree on Northbourne be cut down to make way for light rail?

MS GALLAGHER: I refer the member to my previous answer.

Economy—investment

MS PORTER: My question is to the Treasurer. Could the Treasurer please outline how the ACT government is investing in Canberra's future?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for the question. The government's investment in the city's future is principally in the areas of health and community care, education and training, municipal services and community services. With a $1.3 billion annual


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