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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1527..


(3) As mentioned previously, ActewAGL will replace pedestrian lighting in Margaret Timpson Park and the adjoining pedestrian spine between Benjamin Way and Emu Bank.

(4) The entire $150,000 will be expended this financial year.

(5) No funds from this project will be rolled over.

Bushfires-TransACT restorations

(Question No 600)

Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to Transact connections following the bushfires:

(1) How many Transact customers are still waiting for the following services to be restored following the bushfires:

(a) telephone services to be restored after the bushfires;

(b) pay television services;

(c) video on demand;

(d) Internet services;

(2) When does the Minister expect that the services listed in (a), (b), (c) and (d) above will be fully restored;

(3) Is there a timetable for restoration of each of the above services for each suburb affected by the bushfires, if so, can details please be provided, if not, why not.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1(a) TransACT has advised that all of its telephony customers had their telephone services restored by 31 January 2003.

1(b) As of 31 March 2003, there were approximately 150 TransACT customers still without TV, Video On Demand or Internet services (broadband). These services rely on TransACT's optic fibre cable and there are sections of cable that need to be replaced in the badly affected bushfire areas. This cable replacement cannot occur until damaged infrastructure, such as poles, which is owned by other entities, has been replaced. Significant levels of electronic equipment in Chapman and Duffy were destroyed.

1(c) See the answer for 1(b) above.

1(d) See the answer for 1(b) above.

(2) TransACT is a private company and its relationship with the Government is through ACTEW Corporation's minority shareholding with several other private sector investors in the project. As such, the Government is not responsible for, and cannot


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