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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1461..

In relation to the development of the Glassworks project (Contemporary Glass Centre).

(1) Can the Minister advise where work on this project is up to and provide a breakdown of the total expenditure of $58,000 as at 31 December 2002 and what was delivered for that funding;

(2) When can we expect this project to be completed;

(3) As at 31 December 2002 there was still $2.842m to be expended on this project, will all of these funds allocated be used on this specific project, if not, why not.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) A project Steering Committee was established in December 2002 to assist in the development of a business plan. The expenditure of $58,000 has been as follows:

$38,000 toward the completion of a building options study; and

$20,000 toward the development of a business plan for the management and operations of the Centre.

(2) The business case for the Kingston Powerhouse option will be considered in the context of the 2004-05 budget deliberations. If the Government progresses this option, then the Glass Centre could be completed by end 2005.

(3) If the proposal is supported all remaining funds will be used for this project.

Megalo Access Arts relocation

(Question No 538)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the relocation of Megalo Access Arts:

(1) Has the relocation of Megalo Access Arts taken place, if so, where is the new location, if not, why not and when will it take place;

(2) As at 31 December 2002 no monies had been expended on this project, why is this so when the project had a completion date of December 2002.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) Megalo Access Arts signed a sublicence for its tenancy of Canberra Technology Park in Watson (former CIT Campus) at end of March 2003. The Department of Urban Service opened the tender on 5 April 2003 for the fitout of the premises and the project is expected to be completed in July 2003.

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