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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (13 August) . .

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MR WALL: Minister, is the $20 million provided to Territory and Municipal Services in this year's budget part of or separate from the $614 million cost projection for capital metro?

MR CORBELL: I have already answered that question in the estimates committee—if the Liberals had been paying attention. To repeat my answer: no.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, is the government definitely going ahead with light rail?

MR CORBELL: The government has an election commitment in relation to the project, but that is subject to the finalisation of a robust and rigorous business case which will be considered by cabinet later this year.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, when did you last receive a cost assessment for capital metro and what was that figure?

MR CORBELL: Those matters are cabinet-in-confidence and will be released by the government once they have been considered, as part of the final business case.

Schools—Molonglo Valley

MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, could you update the Assembly on progress towards delivering school education and early childhood services to the residents of Weston Creek and the Molonglo Valley, and in particular construction of the school in Coombs?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Berry for her interest. I am pleased to update the Assembly on the progress in the delivery of school education within the Molonglo Valley. Over the next 30 years, over 55,000 people will move into the area. Already we are seeing great numbers of people calling the suburbs of Wright and Coombs their home. This is why the government has made strong commitments to building the vital infrastructure that this new community will need.

Consistent with our commitment, the government has allocated $47 million for the construction of the new Coombs Primary School. It will be the first school in the new Molonglo Valley development and it will cater for 720 preschool and primary school students when it opens in 2016. The school will be a preschool to year 6 school catering for the new families and students of the area. The new primary school will be the first community facility in the Molonglo Valley. As such, the school will have a range of community facilities, including a larger school hall, a gymnasium and associated storage areas suitable for use by various community groups.

In addition to these facilities Coombs Primary School will include learning spaces for preschool to year 6 students, a resource centre, school administration, a canteen, out


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