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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . .

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Canberra. The work will continue to ensure that the town centres are connected to and through the city. In this way, Tuggeranong is connected through to Gungahlin and Belconnen, for example. Extensions to capital metro stage 1 may include Russell, Canberra Airport, the parliamentary triangle, Kingston, Woden, Erindale, Tuggeranong, Belconnen, Kippax, Lanyon, Weston Creek and Molonglo. These potential light rail corridors were identified in transport for Canberra 2012. The master plan will provide recommended staging for a full light rail network over time, identifying corridors where bus rapid transport can help grow public transport demand to improve the case for light rail in the future.

Sport—Woden oval redevelopment

MR WALL: My question is for the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, my question is in relation to the upgrade of the Woden oval. In May of this year, in answer to a question on when the works would be finished, the then minister for sport, Mr Barr, said:

The works are scheduled for completion in July of 2014. They are well underway. Pending major issues, such as if it rained continuously for six months which might delay the completion of the works, the advice I have is that they are scheduled for completion in July of 2014.

Minister, it is now September. We have not had six months of rain but the work is not complete. What has caused the delay, when is completion now expected and has there been any variation to the cost of this project?

MR RATTENBURY: I thank Mr Wall for the question. The synthetic track surface was scheduled to be completed, as he touched on. Unfortunately there has been some delay. This is as a result of the fact that the synthetic track installation requires a temperature of at least eight degrees Celsius for a minimum—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR RATTENBURY: The synthetic track installation process requires a temperature of at least eight degrees for a minimum period of 24 hours. Proceeding with the installation in temperatures below the recommended specifications would in fact void the warranty.

Basically, we got to a situation where the work could not be done over the winter period because of that temperature requirement. Whilst weather delays have been unfortunate, the project savings from the "Where will we play?" funding appropriation are supporting the construction of a new photo-finish—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson, I cannot hear Mr Rattenbury. Come to order.


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