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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4106 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

� Provision of decentralised hot water; and

� Refurbishment of Building 3.

During the 1998-99, work on the refurbishment of the Psychiatry building started, and this is expected to be completed in the current year.

At Calvary Hospital, a major refurbishment program was started in 1998-99 with expenditure of about $2.2m. Those works continue in 1999-2000, with $7.8m planned in the current budget.

Mr Speaker, refurbishment and revitalisation of various shopping centres has been a strong focus for this Government. In 1998-99, about $1.8m. was spent on various shopping centres including, Charnwood, Dickson, Hawker, Manuka, Curtin, Hall, Watson, and Yarralumla. These works continue into 1999-2000 with about $2.4m budgeted to complete these works.

Mr Speaker, in addition, $2.1m is budgeted to be spent on new projects in 1999-2000, at Hall, Manuka, Kingston, Kippax, Weston, Dickson and Charnwood.

Mr Speaker, redevelopment of the city centre is a Key Result Area for this Government. In 1998-99, $0.850m was spent in the capital works program on projects in Civic. Specifically, improved signage for pedestrians was provided at a cost of $0.250m, and $0.5m was spent on the refurbishment work in Garema Place.

The Government's commitment in this area continues in 1999-2000 with $1.2m for works in progress and $1.4m for new projects in Civic.

The Government also continued its augmentation of the Territory's stormwater assets in 1998-99, expending some $3.5m for this purpose.

Projects relating to the extension works at Mugga Lane landfill, and Stage 6 of the environmental controls at both landfills were completed during the year.

The commitment to capital expenditure in schools was maintained in the year, with $9.7m used for various upgrades and improvements across the Territory.

Preliminary work on the planning and design of the prison was undertaken in 1998-99, with further work planned for 1999-2000 and the next year.

Mr Speaker, the minor new works in the capital works program provide a means for agencies to maintain their assets and undertake

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