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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 308..


(4) The Tharwa Drive Upgrade will be re-considered in future budgets; and

(5) The project cost will be revised at a time prior to inclusion in a future budget. The cost is expected to increase above $5.0m in line with inflation and the construction industry market at the time.

Majura parkway

(Question No 823)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 14 December 2005:

(1) Noting that in response to Question on Notice No. 576 the Minister said, in regards to the Majura Parkway, that during 2005-06 the preliminary evaluation report will be released for public comment and will be followed by either a formal Preliminary Assessment or a full environment assessment impact depending on the nature of the comments received, will this still occur given the Minister's recent comments that the Majura Parkway project is on hold;

(2) Why has the project value for the forward design for the Majura Parkway project been revised down by $400 000.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) The preliminary report will be released for public comment in 2005-06. The preliminary assessment and environmental impact study will commence in 2005-06 and continue into 2006-07.

(2) The revised authorisation provides the funding to complete the preliminary assessment and environmental impact study.

Kings highway

(Question No 824)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 14 December 2005:

Noting that in response to Question on Notice No. 575 the Minister said that $50 000 allocated to the Kings Highway was to study the current and predicted use of the Kings Highway, identify substandard areas and develop proposed remedies for any deficiencies identified, and noting that that funding was expended as shown in the 2005-06 September Quarter Capital Works Progress Report, what did that study reveal and is the Government considering future funding for improvements to the ACT section of the Kings Highway.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) The study has found that there are deficiencies in the cross section and the vertical and horizontal geometry at some locations. It has also found that there is likely to be increased travel times on the Kings Highway once the Defence Headquarters is constructed. Six options to address these problems have been identified. The options identified are being examined.


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