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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4277..

(6) What were the factors that uniquely make this site better than the alternatives.

Mr Corbell

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

(1) Telstra's in-house team of qualified surveyors undertook the initial site survey and this survey was validated by an ACT Registered surveyor Mr Gary Medway in March 2006.

(2) Telstra paid for the survey.

(3) The ACT Planning and Land Authority assessed the application. This assessment was supplemented with input from ACT Health and an independent emissions expert Mr Owen Duffy, engaged by the Authority to assist in assessment of the technical, non-planning related, matters in the application.

(4) Mr Duffy has numerous tertiary level specialist electrical engineering qualifications.

(5) Yes.

(6) The site selection process and deployment of mobile telecommunications infrastructure was determined by the carrier, with consideration given to factors such as the current network configuration, the intended coverage, community sensitive location and permissible land uses in the Territory Plan.

Education and Training, Department—new site

(Question No 1407)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 21 November 2006:

(1) What is the intended new site for the Department of Education;

(2) What is the planned timeline for the move;

(3) Why is the Department moving;

(4) What is the estimated cost to the ACT Government for this move.

Mr Barr

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

(1) Under the recently agreed Whole-of-Government Office Accommodation Strategy, the central office of the Department of Education and Training will be moving to 220 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon and Macarthur House, Lyneham.

(2) At this stage it is difficult to be specific about the time of the move as this is dependent on the moves of other agencies as part of the overall strategy. It is expected, however, that the move to 220 Northbourne Avenue could begin in March/April 2007.

(3) Refer to question 1 above.

(4) The question of the costs for these moves is presently under discussion between the Department, Treasury and the Property Group, TaMS, in the context of the overall budget for the strategy.

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