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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 06 Hansard (Friday, 27 June 2008) . . Page.. 2369 ..


particular proposals, particularly where those proposals relate to proposed future uses of major additional pieces of valuable community land. It is a valuable asset and the master plan developed or envisaged by the board entails accessing significant areas of extra or additional land.

The government has responded to the need to continue to grow EPIC as a major facility for the community; that is why this budget provides significant injections of capital to allow the continued development and enhancement of EPIC. In this budget there is well over $3 million for the upgrading of the facilities at EPIC; that is over and above in the order of $2 million that EPIC has accumulated and has available to it. EPIC has available in the order of $5 million for capital upgrades. I have an expectation that they will be initiated and completed, and they will significantly enhance the showgrounds and EPIC. We look forward to continuing to inject funds into EPIC in future years.

In the context of capital projects and infrastructure, many of us are disappointed that we are not able to attend the Master Builders Association awards this evening. I must say I am particularly disappointed that I am not there representing the ACT government, to be associated in the announcement of the Master Builders Association’s project of the year. I would have greeted with enormous pride the announcement that the Master Builders Association of the ACT regards the best project delivered by any organisation over the last year to have been the ACT government’s delivery of the Gungahlin Drive extension.

I extend congratulations to all those associated with the Gungahlin Drive extension. The master builders recognise inherently what the Liberal Party do not. The Liberal Party are out trashing business, out trashing the capacity of the ACT government to deliver major capital works such as the Gungahlin Drive extension—a very significant addition to our road infrastructure, a project that in its delivery and in its scope and size is recognised by the Master Builders Association as the best project delivered in the ACT over the last year.

The ACT government takes enormous pride that the Master Builders Association has recognised an ACT government project, namely the Gungahlin Drive extension, as the best piece of infrastructure developed in the ACT over the last year. It is a tremendous acknowledgement of this government’s capacity to deliver major infrastructure and we accept the accolade with all due humility.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.19—Legal Aid Commission (ACT)—$3,519,000 (net cost of outputs), $194,000 (capital injection), totalling $3,713,000—agreed to.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.20—Public Trustee for the ACT—$643,000 (net cost of outputs), totalling $643,000—agreed to.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.21—Actew Corporation Ltd—$9,817,000 (net cost of outputs), totalling $9,817,000


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