Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 18 August 2011) . . Page.. 3528 ..
building, particularly when it is viewed from London Circuit and from Vernon Circle, was important and should be retained where possible. It also has recommended retention in some way of the existing coat of arms on the exterior of the building. Therefore, the next stage of the project will be to consider whether the most cost-effective method of retaining these important design aspects is through their removal, restoring them off-site during construction and then seeing them reinstated in the final stages of construction, or whether development of the interior and subterranean components of the building can proceed with these elements remaining in situ.
It is worth mentioning too the wood panelling inside the six courtrooms. The wood panelling inside the courtrooms was provided as a gift from each of the Australian states during construction of the building in the early 1960s. Red cedar from New South Wales is in courtroom No 1 and a range of other timbers from other states are in the other courtrooms. (Time expired.)
MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question?
MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what is the anticipated budget for the development of the new Supreme Court building?
MR CORBELL: A detailed budget figure has not been concluded at this time, as it is contingent upon the detailed feasibility and due diligence work which is currently underway. That will confirm a precise budget figure for the government to consider in the forthcoming budget process.
MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.
MRS DUNNE: Minister, seeing that the proposal is to gut the present Supreme Court building, what contingencies are in place, especially for jury trials, during the redevelopment phase?
MR CORBELL: I thank Mrs Dunne for her question. I would simply draw Mrs Dunne’s attention to my earlier answer to Ms Porter where I indicated that the next stage of work currently underway includes assessment of options for the relocation of the court. As I said in my answer to an earlier question, the court will need to be relocated for approximately a two-year period. The government will undertake, and is currently undertaking, a detailed assessment of options to provide for that accommodation of the court and all of its functions, including jury trials.
Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Supplementary answer to question without notice
MR CORBELL: During question time, I was asked by Ms Bresnan where were draft variations 308 and 309. I can advise Ms Bresnan that draft variation 308 relates to the proposed redevelopment of the ABC flats on Cooyong Street, which is a proposal