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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (5 August) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, what works have recently been undertaken at Lanyon Homestead?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Porter for her interest in Lanyon Homestead. Lanyon Homestead is, indeed, a very important and much loved part of our Canberra history. Over the past year the ACT government has undertaken major works in the Lanyon heritage precinct, including roadworks to allow future access to a new heritage experience at the woolshed precinct.

We have refurbished the former Nolan Gallery so that it can now be used for heritage displays and education. We have started an audio guide project that will not only enhance the experience for visitors but will also allow Lanyon to cope with larger groups at the three historic sites. An irrigated greenhouse will help staff propagate heirloom variety plants and ensure continuity of plant type in the gardens.

We have also undertaken projects such as fencing improvements to better manage stock grazing, improvements to heritage cottages, reinstating the stone barn historic display of convict life at Lanyon, commencing the restoration of an historic hedge and improved signage to help visitors navigate themselves through the homestead precinct.

This is all work that demonstrates the ACT government's commitment to this important site. Indeed, I am a frequent visitor to Lanyon. It is an absolutely wonderful piece of the ACT. I encourage those that have not visited to please go down and do so.

Budget—infrastructure costs

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Treasurer: key elements of the government's increased expenses in the outyears include its projects for the University of Canberra public hospital, capital metro, and the courts project, which amount to approximately $1.3 billion. Treasurer, when will you make details of the total cost of the individual projects available to the Assembly?

MR BARR: When they are procured.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Treasurer, what is the time frame of the spending for these projects?

MR BARR: Over the forward estimates period and beyond.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, could you tell us more about the benefits of these projects to the territory?


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