Page 1949 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 27 June 2023

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MR RATTENBURY: This is a concern for community safety. It is why the government is targeting the issue of recidivism, because we know there is a small cohort of people in the ACT who are involved in a significant amount of the criminal activity that takes place in the ACT. That is why we are investing in these spaces, because every time you put somebody on a different path that means they are not repeat offending, we are making our community safer and that is the government’s objective.

Acton—proposed fire station

MR MILLIGAN: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, in June of 2019 you promised Canberrans two new fire stations. On Friday, 16 June you again announced the building of the Molonglo fire station, but there was no mention of the long-awaited Acton station. Land and money for this project were budgeted for in previous budgets.

In August of 2020 you announced that it would cost an estimated $45 million. The Acton fire station was to be completed by 2021 and operational by 2022. Construction was part of the ACT government’s COVID-19 local jobs and economic recovery plan. Yet, every time I drive past the site on the corner of Parkes Way and Clunies Ross Street, as do many other Canberrans, the site is still empty and not a single sod of soil has been turned. Minister, when will this station be built?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Milligan for the question. It is an important one, as we move forward, providing better accommodation for ACTAS staff across the ACT. We do this in a planned way. The Acton station has been slightly delayed, due to some planning issues and some delivery issues. We are recruiting more staff as we go forward, to ensure that the stations are equipped. I expect the construction to begin very shortly.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members!

MR GENTLEMAN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I expect construction to start very shortly. The tender has been let. We should see it operational in the not too distant future.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, how much can Canberrans expect to be spent on this new building and, with the delay of this building being completed, how much additional cost is required?

MR GENTLEMAN: I gave the cost of the building in an answer to the Assembly last year. I will look for that figure again for Mr Milligan and look for any costs associated with any delay.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, will you still focus on local jobs for local people to build the Acton fire station?


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