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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (29 October) . .

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Capital works—Charnwood (Question No 501)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 22 September 2015:

(1) In relation to the recently upgraded shopping area near the liquor store in upper Tillyard Drive Charnwood (a) how much did this upgrade cost, (b) what consultation occurred with local residents and businesses before this upgrade was done and what was the outcome of the consultations, (c) what was the cost of installing the chairs and tables outside the liquor store, (d) were the chairs and tables made in Australia and what level of usage do these chairs and tables have, (e) what was the cost of installing a sign saying Charnwood Shops and then later taking it down again and (f) was a concrete block installed and then taken down a few weeks later.

(2) In the main Charnwood Shopping Centre (a) has any assessment been done recently on the safety of the footpaths, (b) have there been any recent accidents reported and (c) are there any plans to refurbish the footpaths.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) In relation to the recently upgraded shopping area near the liquor store in upper Tillyard Drive Charnwood:

(a) The upgrades cost approximately $522,750.

(b) Consultations were undertaken with leaseholders and business owners during the preliminary design stage in 2013. The preliminary sketch plans were then presented at the shops for community information. Subsequent comments received were incorporated into the design where possible. Prior to the upgrades being undertaken, leaseholders, traders and local residents were notified of the upcoming construction work.

(c) There are no existing tables in the vicinity of the shops and none were installed as part of this upgrade. The cost for the new aluminium bench seats was $8,400. To improve the community space at the shops a sculptural seating element was installed to act as a play prompt for children and to encourage social interaction. The cost of these elements was $14,604.

(d) The aluminium bench seats were designed and made in Australia. The sculptural seating elements were designed and made in Spain. There is no current data on the usage levels of the new seating elements. Usage is expected to increase once the child care facility at the shops is re-established.

(e) The cost for supply and installation of the Charnwood Shops sign, which included a concrete plinth and steel plate lettering, was $10,000.

(f) After the construction of the Charnwood Shop concrete plinth sign a design error was found with its location. The sign had been incorrectly located within the line-of-sight clearance zone for traffic that exits from the car park. For safety reasons the sign had to be removed.

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