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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 August 2010) . . Page.. 3880 ..


pavement improvements; Horse Park Drive extension to Burramurra Avenue; extension of Well Station Drive; and City West infrastructure stage 2, the Childers Street precinct.

In addition, the government has effectively delivered against the commonwealth’s stimulus program through 2009-10, including the completion of 84 national school pride projects; 19 primary schools for 21st century projects with construction commencing on the remaining 49, and completion of 55 of the 57 new dwellings comprising stage 1 of the social housing program.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, a supplementary?

MR HARGREAVES: Thanks very much, Mr Speaker. Treasurer, what does the 2009-10 program preliminary outcome mean for the 2010-11 program?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question. Around 80 per cent of the 2010-11 capital works program is for works in progress, for projects commenced in previous years. So a substantial proportion of the 2009-10 program expenditure outcome was also on projects that will continue to be delivered in 2010-11, and some beyond. If members look around the territory, they will see the range of projects being delivered—small, medium and large. These are projects funded by the ACT government and also those continuing from the commonwealth stimulus program.

Major projects underway that contributed to a large proportion of the 2009-10 program outcome and continuing through 2010-11 include the building the education revolution and the social housing stimulus programs, the duplication of Flemington Road, the Cohen Street extension at the Belconnen town centre, the Tharwa bridge restoration project, the health capital asset development planned program of works, the car park at the Canberra Hospital, Gungahlin college, the Kambah P-10 school, the establishment of regional community facilities across the territory, and the Emergency Services headquarters.

To assist in managing the large programs of work in 2009-10 and across the forward years, and in consideration of industry capacity to meet the increased level of infrastructure work, the government proactively undertook a number of reviews of the capital works program during 2009-10 and in the development of the 2010-11 budget. The outcome of these reviews, coupled with a range of refinements to our capital works program to improve delivery, were welcomed by industry.

The reprofiled program over the budget and forward years provides some assurance to industry of the anticipated program moving forward. Given the level of works in progress this year, I am sure that we can continue to achieve high levels of expenditure against our program. We are moving quickly already this year on planning and preparatory works that underpin the delivery of the program. More than half of the functional briefs for new projects—(Time expired.)

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question?

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I note the comments of the Property Council in today’s Canberra Times. How is the expenditure on infrastructure in the


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