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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 6 May 2010) . . Page.. 2034 ..

(2) Why has the value of the Phase 1 CSR been reduced again to $28.630 million and what are the reasons for the changed pattern of spending on this project.

(3) What is involved in the Helicopter Base component of the Emergency Services Agency project

(4) What funding is required for the Helicopter Base activity.

(5) Was the Helicopter Base activity originally part of the new headquarters project.

(6) What is the reason for the increase of $3.1 million in the estimated value of Emergency Services Agency New Headquarters project and why has the pattern of spending on this project changed.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The reasons for the changed patterns of proposed spending on the capital works projects are(a) Kings Highway Upgrade: The project cash profile was modified to take into consideration the duration of a full environmental impact assessment which is currently taking place. (b) Roads to Recovery Program: The balance of the Roads to Recovery program consisted of projects that were well advanced in terms of forward design and were able to be brought forward to the current year. Approval was obtained from the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government to bring five projects forward - Tharwa Bridge foundation works, Barry Drive Bus lane, Flemington Road Bus lane and London Circuit/Northbourne Avenue pavement resurfacing works. These projects were brought forward and the cash profile was adjusted accordingly.(c) Upgrade of Airport Roads: This project, which included the first stage of the Majura Parkway project, required a full environmental impact assessment. This assessment is currently underway but the cash requirement for 2009 10 was modified to reflect the statutory planning process requirements.(d) North-South Arterial Road for Molonglo Suburbs and (e) North Weston Pond and Bridge: Both of these projects were delayed while the statutory planning approvals were obtained, the scope of work was also modified during the design process and additional funding was sought in the 2009 10 Budget process. The tender process for these works also had a number of issues to resolve and took longer than originally planned. The cash profile was adjusted accordingly as it became clearer what could actually be achieved in 2009 10.(f) Cohen Street Extension: This project provided some opportunities to bring forward works associated with the Belconnen Town Centre improvements. The cash flow was adjusted accordingly to enable this to happen.(g) Establishment of Regional Community Facilities and Neighbourhood Halls: This project has multiple components, with works well underway and the June 2010 completion date still on target. The rollover reflects differences between the expected physical and financial completion of the project, which will not occur until 2010-11.

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