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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (18 February) . .

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Water annually cleans approximately 300 kilometres of sewer mains across Canberra, including Tuggeranong, clearing tree roots and blockages from locations that are identified based on condition monitoring programs across the city. All wastes from sewer cleaning remain with the Icon Water system and are processed at the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre.

Sport—participation

MS BERRY: In response to Mr Doszpot's question yesterday regarding the Lyneham beach volleyball facility, the available project funding is, I understand, the same as has been provided by the previous minister—a total government contribution of $833,510, with funding from Volleyball ACT of $230,000. I am advised the final cost reconciliation will be completed shortly.

Legislative Assembly—accommodation

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: For the information of members I provide a further update on the accommodation project for the expanding Assembly.

Shortly after my last update to the Assembly in November last year, 35 staff relocated to the purpose-built premises in the North Building on level 1. This allowed works to start on the second and third phases of the project.

This involves a series of new works for the Assembly building, including the rolling refresh program of repainting and recarpeting for those areas of the building which are not being refurbished. This program is about one-third complete. I am aware that these works have caused some disruption, further complicated by the changed ministerial arrangements in late January, but the accommodation project team have advised me that there has been a high level of cooperation and tolerance amongst members and Assembly-based staff, and I appreciate that ongoing cooperation and tolerance.

I also reiterate what I have said before about the tremendous work undertaken by a number of OLA staff who have made each stage of this tight refresh program possible. In particular, I recognise the professional work of Rick Hart, Peter Edwards and the other attendant staff who have worked tirelessly to arrange smooth, progressive and sequential office relocations—and I mean that in the sense of progressing one from the next rather than the sense in which the Chief Minister often uses the term.

Similarly, the ICT coordination work performed by Maruf Abdullah-Al and James Doherty has been central to the success of the changes.

Members are aware that in the very early phases of demolition, contractors and expert consultants confirmed that bonded asbestos was present in multiple areas, mainly beneath carpets on the ground floor. In swift response, the project team developed a safe removal program, and I thank Assembly staff, especially the Clerk's office and the committee staff, for their forbearance in the shuffling involved in this work. I am pleased to advise members that the safe removal program of bonded asbestos was completed last weekend.


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