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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (13 October) . . Page.. 3072 ..

Then later on you said:

Announcements with regard to those appointments should be able to be made in the near future.

That was on 24 August. Who are the directors of BOPL now, Chief Minister?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, we have not appointed new ones, although some people have been approached and we are awaiting confirmation of their agreement to serve. You would have to say that, with the performance of those opposite, you can understand why some people may have to think about this seriously.

MR KAINE: I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. If nobody has yet been appointed to the board, is the board operating with a director of one? And is that acceptable under the constitution of the company?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, yes, it is operating. Ms Moiya Ford and Mr Lilley are the two directors of BOPL. These directors were appointed on 15 April 1999, after transfer from the directors of the then shelf company. That is the case at the moment. We are certainly planning to appoint further directors. Ms Ford will remain a director of BOPL until the new board is appointed.

Section 56, Civic - Tenders

MR CORBELL: My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer indicate how many public comments were received on the three short-listed tenderers for section 56 in Civic? What are the criteria for assessing those tenders? When does the Minister expect a decision to be made about the successful tenderer for section 56?

MR HUMPHRIES: Did you ask me how many short-listed tenderers there were?

Mr Corbell: No. How many public comments were received? What are the criteria for assessing the tenders? And when will the decision be made?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I will take part of that question on notice. The process for seeking tenders, as Mr Corbell observes, has closed. We initiated the process on 6 August last year, and we saw expressions of interest for the relevant section 56 and part of section 35. As you know, that was the first step in a two-stage process. There was an evaluation of the expressions of interest, and it was announced on 16 December last year that there were three short-listed tenderers, as you are aware.

The tenders have been submitted and the assessment process has commenced. A decision will be made as soon as possible, but it is important that a full evaluation be carried out to ensure that all of the issues are properly considered. There will be opportunities for further community consultation as a preliminary assessment, where required, and of course a variation to the Territory Plan will also be required. There will be further consultation on those matters at the time.

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