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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1675 ..


In March 2018 in this place in response to a question you promised that the duplication would be finished by April 2018. We are now in May. Minister, when will this duplication of Ashley Drive finally be finished?

MS FITZHARRIS: We are pleased to be duplicating Ashley Drive, and the works are proposed to be opened to the public in the second quarter of this year. There has been recent progress, including most recently a road closure on 28 and 29 April between Erindale Drive and Isabella Drive to allow the final asphalt to be placed on this section of the road. The traffic lights at the two intersections at Statton Street and Bugden Avenue under this section of the works will be operational from this week. I am not sure if that has occurred yet. Additional road closures to complete the new road between Isabella Drive and Johnson Drive are being planned as well.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what is the reason for the delay, with completion being promised in February and now occurring in the second quarter of the year?

MS FITZHARRIS: As members will know, major infrastructure projects such as this one, which is a $24.6 million investment in the Ashley Drive duplication, can at times experience delays. I am very confident that that work is very close to being completed, as are other major works, notably soon the Cotter Road.

Ms Lawder: A point of order, Madam Speaker. It goes to relevance. I asked what the reason for the delay was. The minister has failed to address that.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister has 1½ minutes.

Mr Parton: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order?

Mr Parton: A supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: There was a point of order. The minister now has one minute and 19 seconds left. Do you have anything to add?

MS FITZHARRIS: If there is anything further I can add, I will take that on notice.

MR PARTON: Minister, what other infrastructure developments in your portfolios are currently running behind schedule?

MS FITZHARRIS: There are literally dozens of infrastructure projects underway in my portfolio. The one that comes most immediately to mind is Gundaroo Drive, which is causing considerable frustration. It is a very difficult project that has faced a number of significant challenges. I will take the rest of the detail on notice. I also note that we very much look forward to the opening of Cotter Road in the imminent future.

Trade unions—influence on government

MR WALL: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, documents released under freedom of information show you had a meeting with the secretary of the


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