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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3245 ..

Housing Development-McKellar

(Question No 310)

Ms Tucker asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the McKellar shops:

(1) When will the construction of the upgrade of the McKellar shops begin, that was promised as part of the Government's direct grant of land at Section 50, Block 16 and Section 52, Block 6 McKellar, to Tokich Homes.

(2) What is the nature of the upgrade.

(3) What is the total cost of the works.

(4) Who will be the building contractor.

(5) Who will be paying for the works.

(6) Given this work was publicly announced in August 1999, why has there been a delay in the work commencing.

Mr Smyth: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Construction is planned to begin in November 2000, following the calling of tenders over the next few weeks and appointment of a contractor by ACT Procurement and Projects.

(2) The scope of the works includes tree planting and associated control root barriers to the public areas, new paving adjacent to the supermarket and preschool, landscaping within the south-east pedestrian laneway, the installation of public lighting to pedestrian paths, tree planting within the median of Bennetts Close, a new footpath along the Bennetts Close verge, and the installation of a traffic calming device at the entry to the carpark.

(3) The total value of works is estimated at approximately $130,000. This figure includes consultants design fees, application fees, and all administration and construction supervision costs.

(4) The selection of a contractor will not be known until completion of the public tendering process scheduled for the end of October Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000.

(5) PALM will be managing the works from funds held in the trust account obtained by payment of monies by Tokich Homes to allow the Deeds of Unconditional Undertaking to be released. In order to complete the works nominated in the approved Masterplan, Urban Services is making a contribution of $30,000 to the total costs of works to ensure the maximum level of works so obtained during the tender and contract process.

(6) Works to the value of $100,000 were to have been completed by Tokich Homes under the terms of the Prescribed Conditions for Associated Works relating to the two blocks of land. However, to expedite release of the unit plans and to ensure maximum scope and value of the works for public benefit, it was agreed that Urban Services would manage the tender and contract process. Whilst this enables Urban Services to achieve maximum benefit from the augmentation of the works to the value of $30,000, some delays were incurred in confirming the additional desirable works and securing the additional departmental funds.

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