Page 3204 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 18 October 2022
I refer Mr Parton to my earlier information, this morning, that an emergency rectification order was issued on 14 October. That was issued based on advice from geotechnical and structural engineers, detailing the remediation work to stabilise the affected walls, including measures to address the impact on adjacent residents and their properties. That needs to be completed by 5 pm on 20 October. In addition to that, the registrar and the senior engineer have engaged with many other builders and are beginning to conduct site inspections across the territory.
MR PARTON: Minister, how many of those site inspections have been completed by Access Canberra, subsequent to the collapse, and how many defects or other problems have been identified?
MS CHEYNE: Again, I refer Mr Parton to my ministerial statement this morning, which did outline this. That work has just begun in earnest. Of course, Access Canberra has continued to engage with building sites across the ACT. As I detailed in my ministerial statement this morning—
Mr Parton: A point of order, on relevance.
MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, Ms Cheyne.
Mr Parton: We appreciate the ministerial statement, but the question was specifically: how many of those site inspections have been completed by Access Canberra? If the minister doesn’t have that detail, that is fine. She can take it on notice.
MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you. Ms Cheyne.
MS CHEYNE: Madam Speaker, as I said, it has begun, so I do not have that detail at this stage. I will note that Access Canberra worked very hard over last week regarding particularly the safety and the structural issues at the Dickson site, in addition to the broader work that they are undertaking across the territory. Specifically, Mr Parton, Access Canberra have also been engaging, as I did detail this morning in the ministerial statement, with Geocon at the WOVA site. We have noted that there was a shoring collapse at that site as well. That work is also ongoing. I am happy to provide an update to the Assembly. It may not be today, Mr Parton, but certainly by the end of this week I can give a further update as to how many inspections have been done to date. Access Canberra has written to builders. The responses received from builders are also guiding where some of those inspections need to take place.
MR CAIN: Minister, what permanent, on-the-ground action is the ACT government doing right now to ensure that this doesn’t happen again?
MS CHEYNE: Again, this was extensively detailed this morning. I am happy to repeat it.
Mr Cain: Point of order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order.