Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1556 ..
underspend is the disruption to the delivery of the 2019 20 capital works program caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Other factors included wet weather, extreme weather events (eg bushfires, hailstorms), defect periods for projects resulting in financial completion of a project lagging physical completion by 3-12 months and, in a small number of cases, ongoing planning approval processes delaying commencement. Access to skilled workforce and certain construction materials has also been a problem faced not just in the ACT but around Australia, and this will continue to impact on the ability to progress quickly with major infrastructure projects.
As a mechanism to protect jobs in the short term, the Government prioritised the procurement of smaller projects through the Fast-Track Infrastructure program that delivered funding for projects that were ready to progress more quickly. This was a very deliberate action from the Government in response to the pandemic.
Details on the underspend by project is available in Appendix 1 of the Capital Works Program—Assembly Progress Report—June Quarter 2019-20. Information on the expected completion date for individual projects is available in the 2020 21 Budget Statements for individual delivering agencies.
Information on progress to date in the delivery of the 2020-21 capital works program is available in the Capital Works Program—Assembly Progress Report—YTD December 2020 and the accompanying Appendix 1.
Casey—community recreation park
Ms Berry (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Castley on Wednesday, 21 April 2021):
The ACT Government has engaged SGS Economics and Planning to undertake a Community and Recreational Facilities Assessment for Gungahlin. The analysis as part of this work will identify the types of community and recreational facilities that may be needed in Gungahlin, including in Casey, which will help inform future directions for the site.
The Community and Recreation Facilities Assessment for Gungahlin is expected to be finalised by the end of July 2021 at which point the report will be considered by the ACT Government.
Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a question by Ms Lee on Thursday, 22 April 2021):
The $43 cited during the election campaign related to the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission’s (ICRC) price investigation and new price determination that was issued in June 2020. ACT residents were delivered a $43 reduction in 2020-21. For more information on this finding, please visit the ICRC’s website https://www.icrc.act.gov.au/energy/electricity/retail-electricity-prices-2020-24.