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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 May 1995) . . Page.. 552 ..


Mr Speaker, the Liberals had promised to rebuild the Flynn Primary School. In fact, earlier in the week, Mr Stefaniak put out a press release to that effect and said that it is expected to cost approximately $600,000. What he did not add was when, and that is my question.

MR STEFANIAK: I thank Mr Moore for the question, Mr Speaker. I am very pleased that, on behalf of his party, Mr Berry has denied any involvement in damaging the Dickson gymnasium. The police still have not found the culprits; so, at least Mr Berry is clear on that one. I am amazed, given that the previous Government did take some action in relation to fixing up the gymnasium at Dickson, that it did nothing in relation to Flynn Primary School. We and the ALP indicated that that damaged facility would be repaired. The school lost its library and several classrooms. Despite the budgetary mess left to us by the last Government, I reaffirm our commitment to rebuild the damaged facilities.

When I realised a couple of weeks ago that nothing much appeared to have been done, in terms of people turning the first sod, I commenced inquiries as to when work on rebuilding the facility could possibly start. As Mr Moore said, I issued a press release earlier this week, confirming that funds for rebuilding the damaged parts of Flynn Primary School will be available in the capital works of the budget. I understand that there is some money there now, and already - - -

Mr Berry: The budget has fallen apart.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR STEFANIAK: Will you shut up? You might learn something, Mr Berry. The replacement facility will include a library reading room, a computer laboratory, office space, storage and ancillary spaces. There will also be external landscape works.

Mr Wood: They said all that last year.

Mr Hird: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: This is of very considerable importance, certainly to Mr Stefaniak and me, as members for Ginninderra. Keep those people in order.

MR SPEAKER: Order! There are far too many interjections from both sides of the house. The Minister is answering the question.

MR STEFANIAK: I am advised that a considerable amount of preparatory work has been undertaken already. I have impressed upon the Department of Education the need for this project to be commenced, for the first sod to be turned and for the building to be put up as soon as possible. I am advised that the project will be fast-tracked so that it will be completed early next year. I am very keen for it to be completed in time for the school year next year, and I have impressed that upon the department.


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