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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 309..


Capital works

(Question No 825)

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

(1) Regarding the 2005-06 September Quarter Capital Works Program Progress Report, why has $2 200 000 of funding been withdrawn from the Roads to Recovery Capital Works Boboyan Road and Sutton Road Programs;

(2) Why has $5 000 000 been withdrawn from the Pialligo Avenue upgrade and Majura Parkway Forward Design within the Roads ACT Capital Works Program;

(3) Has the $7 200 000 from projects as listed in parts (1) and (2) been transferred into the Traffic and Road Safety Capital Works Program specifically for the Gungahlin Drive Extension; if so, why has this funding been transferred;

(4) Have the projects listed in parts (1) and (2) been cancelled; if not, when will they be completed;

(5) Why was funding transferred out of these other necessary projects, rather than being appropriated through additional financing.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) With the agreement of the Department of Transport and Regional Service, the funds have been transferred to the Gungahlin Drive Extension project, which is a higher priority and which requires an increase in funds above that originally budgeted;

(2) The funds have also been transferred to the Gungahlin Drive Extension project;

(3) Yes, as per reasons given at answers 1 and 2;

(4) The projects have been deferred and will be re-considered in future budgets; and

(5) Additional financing was not available. As a result of this the existing priorities in various road construction programs were reviewed to ensure funds were available to progress Gungahlin Drive Extension.

Bushfires-hazard reduction

(Question No 828)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 14 December 2005:

(1) Regarding letter to the editor "A new fire hazard", on page 12 of The Canberra Times, dated 12 December 2005, has grass been allowed to grow up to 100% thicker and longer than it was before the disastrous January 18, 2003 bushfires; if so, why;

(2) Why have adequate prevention activities in the Weston Creek area not been conducted prior to this 2005-06 bushfire season;


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