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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 22 September 2005) . . Page.. 3681 ..

Transport—capital expenditure(Question No 543)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 25 August 2005:

What was delivered for the $169 000 of capital expenditure, as at the end of the 2004-05 March Quarter, on the forward design of the Sustainable Transport Initiative, Stage 1;

Was there any further expenditure on this project in the final quarter of 2004-05; if so, how much and what was delivered for that expenditure; if not, why not;

What is the current (a) total expenditure and (b) status of this project;

What is the completion date for this project;

Is the project running according to schedule to meet that completion date and will it be met on budget.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The following items have been delivered as at end March 2005:

bus station design guidelines

governance model and committee terms of reference for project oversight

initial route options work for early discussions with stakeholders

proposed route announced in January 2005

completion of route options for busway through City West area and initial option identification for bus operation in the City Centre

capitalised salary for dedicated project staff

tenders called for route identification and Preliminary assessment of Belconnen-City Busway

tenders called for specialist Busway program management assistance.

Expenditure for the June quarter was $1.18m.

Total expenditure for the year was forecast at $1.5m of which $1.47m was spent as at the end of June 2005. During this quarter the following was delivered:

a one-off annual transfer of $0.5m made to Department of Urban Services for completion of bicycle path construction in 2004-05 as part of the 10 year cycle master plan;

contract awarded for the Belconnen – City route identification and Preliminary Assessment work;

contract awarded to McCormick Rankin and Cagney, an international transportation and Busway specialist organisation, for work to be undertaken in 2005 – 2007.

Completion of preliminary sketch plans for bus priority measures in Belconnen Town Centre.

Preparation of tender documentation for a number of tenders to be called in Quarters 1-2 2005-06, including:

City Transport feasibility study supporting the Canberra Central work.

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