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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (13 March) . . Page.. 1042..


MR QUINLAN

(continuing):

The December report incorporates quarterly and full-year expenditure information on all projects included in the current capital works program. It also identifies all variations to the 2002-03 program and presents all information at the project level, according to departmental responsibility.

Mr Speaker, the original budget for 2002-03 capital works was $141 million. With the inclusion of previous years' unspent funds and variations to date, the total amount of funds available for expenditure in 2002-03 is $147 million.

Departments incurred expenditure on capital works totalling $25 million during the December quarter, a total expenditure for the first half of the 2002-03 financial year of $36 million. This represents only 24 per cent of available funds.

The Department of Urban Services was the largest contributor to the capital works program in the second quarter, with expenditure of $17.3 million. Significant projects completed by 31 December 2002 are the Barton Highway duplication, duplication of Monaro Highway over Dairy Flat Road, and upgrade of the Periodic Detention Centre at Symonston.

Other major projects with significant expenditure in the second quarter include perioperative services stage 2 at the Canberra Hospital, Amaroo Preschool and Belconnen Health Centre.

There are a few projects which may not spend the majority of funds allocated to them this year. These include Belconnen pool-surprise, surprise-Woden Police Station, the Glassworks project, extra community space, and the new Griffin Centre. These projects are major works which are complex, particularly in relation to planning, design and consultation. Mr Speaker, I commend the 2002-03 capital works program second quarterly report to the Assembly.

Appropriation Bill 2002-2003 (No 2)

Paper and statement by minister

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Appropriation Bill 2002-2003 (No 2)-Revised financial statements.

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN

: This document is associated with Appropriation Bill No 2, tabled on 20 February 2003, which provided for an increased appropriation of $17.295 million. When I tabled the second appropriation, I advised that amended departmental budgets for supplementary appropriations would be tabled during the March sitting period. These statements are required under section 13A of the Financial Management Act of 1996.


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