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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2695..

4 (a) The average time to rebuild private houses is expected to be four to six months. The only new house to be completed to date, that of the Lucey's at Block 7 Section 22 Chapman, took 17 weeks from DA lodgment on 27 February 2003 to the issue of the Certificate of Occupancy, or 15 weeks from the Building Approval.

(b) The average time to rebuild Government structures is expected to be four to six months. No reconstruction is complete at this time.

Higgins shopping centre

(Question No 751)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the current Higgins Shopping Centre refurbishment.

(1) What safety mechanisms will be in place to protect residents who use Higgins shops during the upgrade;

(2) How will residents be inconvenienced during the upgrade;

(3) What is the completion date for the upgrade;

(4) How will the upgrade highlight the 'history of the complex and the achievements of the suburb's namesake, Justice Henry Bourne Higgins'.

Mr Wood

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

(1) An approved Temporary Traffic Management Plan (TTMP) is in place for the construction period of the project. The TTMP sets out requirements for temporary fencing, signage, and temporary access ways.

(2) The required re-routing of access ways within the shopping centre during the various phases of construction will marginally inconvenience residents. There will also be intermittent noise from construction machinery. Some parking spaces will be closed and used as loading areas and a construction compound.

(3) Expected completion for the project is mid October 2003.

(4) The history of the complex and the achievements of the suburb's namesake, Justice Henry Bourne Higgins, will be incorporated into various functional and artwork elements within the centre. For example, an entry sign for the central courtyard will incorporate interpretative information about Justice Higgins. It will display seven oversized metal coins as a reference to the basic wage (seven shillings a day, Harvester judgement c.1907) that Justice Higgins helped establish.

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