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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (Tuesday, 26 August 2008) . . Page.. 3617 ..

going to say: “I don’t think that money is wasted at all. I think that money is money well spent.”

Funding of $300,000 was allocated from the 2007-08 capital works budget to construct the upgrade, with an additional allocation of $60,000 worth of public art. This upgrade of shopping centres provides the centres with access, lighting and drainage, stabilised surfaces, new seating, tables, bin shrouds, bike racks and shade trees. (Time expired.)

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, can you expand on the work for 2008-09 and are you aware of any proposals to match or better this government’s efforts?

MR HARGREAVES: Yes, there are other things that we are doing in the shopping centres. According to Mr Pratt’s interjection, it is wasted money, he said. “Wasted money”! Let the record show that. What we are also doing is looking at vandal resistant features. We cannot stop people cleaning off public art, though, I must say. We do have trouble stopping people cleaning up public art, but we are working on it.

We are also introducing measures to deter vehicular entry into the shopfront courtyards of some of our shops. We are continuing the program. We will see forward design studies for Farrer, Lyons, Red Hill and Waramanga shopping centres. Preliminary sketch plans and cost estimates will be developed for future upgrades of each centre.

MR SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Stop the clock, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please. Mr Pratt and Mrs Burke, if you are going to have a conversation in here, it is disorderly and is contrary to standing order 39 because it interrupts the member speaking. I have asked you to stop. Please take your conversation outside. Mr Hargreaves has the floor. You are on a warning, Mr Pratt. You know what is going to happen next.

MR HARGREAVES: In the context of road maintenance, TAMS road crews have patched 2,996 potholes. That is 3,000 potholes. But if Mr Pratt really wants another one, we will deliver one to his house because he likes a pothole at the bottom of every driveway. They use the general cold-applied patching method. These patching crews operate all year round. On the roads resurfacing program, 35,000 square metres of road resurfacing was undertaken last year and it was usually done between December and March when the weather conditions are favourable.

I am really having trouble getting through all of this because there is so much, but Mr Gentleman did ask me was I aware of anything else that was in the wings—I will paraphrase—that could do anything better than the government. I thought to myself, “Is there? Is there anything about out there in the ether?” The answer to that was:

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