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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 24 November 2005) . . Page.. 4711 ..

There are three components to this capital project. The first component is the construction of a Nature Discovery Playground at a cost of $900,000. The playground is currently under construction and is due for completion in January 2006.

The second component provides $100,000 towards the upgrade of the water reticulation system within the Reserve. The design for the water reticulation upgrade is being finalised and construction is due to be completed by August 2006.

The third component is the re-development of the wetlands at Tidbinbilla. This project has been amalgamated with the Nature Discovery Centre project and forms the centrepiece of the new development. The project completion date for the Nature Discovery Centre project is mid 2008.

The ‘Non-Urban Study’ in the project title refers to the project’s relationship with the ACT Government’s Non-Urban Study, commissioned after the bushfires to identify opportunities for enhancing non-urban lands in the ACT. There is no study funded with this capital project apart from standard design works.

Capital works(Question No 735)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Environment, upon notice, on 15 November 2005:

Why has none of the $150 000 allocated to Building Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program Stage 1 in the 2004-05 capital works program been expended at the end of the 2004-05 financial year;

What was the project designed to achieve;

Is the project still on target to be completed by the end of November 2005;

Have the funds for this project been rolled over to the 2005-06 financial year or has the project been cancelled.

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

The terms of the contract did not require payment until the delivery of reports. As there were several audits being undertaken at once, the final reports were not completed until after the 2004-05 financial year.

This program provides energy efficiency audits for ACT Government buildings. The Audits identify the most effective energy efficiency improvements for these buildings including detailed strategies and practices that will significantly reduce the amount of energy consumed by Government operations in the buildings audited.

Relevant agencies are responsible for implementing the recommendations of the audits. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save the Government money on power bills.

All draft audit reports have been received and should be reviewed by the end of November. A summary and evaluation of the project will follow.

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