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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 708 ..


MS BERRY: I thank Ms Castley for the question. There are updates available, and there is a noticeboard at the Gungahlin pool.

MS CASTLEY: Other than silica training, what health and safety processes has the Labor-Greens government put in place to guarantee workers’ safety on this site?

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Berry, I think you are left with the call.

MS BERRY: Yes. I was just asking a question of my colleagues about work safety more generally, and silica dust. For this particular site, silica dust was not found to be an issue, as Ms Castley is aware. Workers who are contracted to work on this site will have to meet the requirements that the government sets to ensure that they have the appropriate qualifications and safety standards to meet the building requirements of the ACT government.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, when is Kynetic required to have the job done, given that the contract puts the completion date at December 2022, not this summer? What penalties will Kynetic face if they run over time?

MS BERRY: I appreciate that Mr Milligan might not have all of the information about the Gungahlin pool site, the nature of the contract and why the contract runs until the end of 2022. That is to take into account that, after a contract is completed and the work has been completed, where issues arise, the contractor can, as part of their contract, in that two-year period, do the repairs or maintenance that is required, following the work that will be completed by the end of this year.

Trees—removal

MR CAIN: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, the Labor-Greens government just this week cancelled plans to cut down a large number of trees on a block in Holt, citing an “administrative error”. Minister, what was this administrative error and how did this occur?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. Yes, I understand that a mistake was made in putting up some signs saying that trees were going to be removed in Holt. Those have subsequently been removed. It was an error made by officials. The government does not currently have plans to cut those trees down at this time.

MR CAIN: How many administrative errors have led to the removal of trees or other plants across Canberra?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. That administrative error did not result in those trees being removed.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, why is the Labor-Greens government providing misinformation and causing distress to local residents?


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