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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3393 ..

(4) Yes, there will be limited use of consultants to ensure an efficient project implementation, given the specialised requirements of this procurement and available IT solutions.

(5) The current budget projection for expenditure on consultants over the two years of the Project is $0.325 million.


ICT Centre of Excellence

(Question No 295)

Mr Humphries asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 25 September 2002:

In 2002-03 Budget Paper No. 4, an amount of $10 million is identified as the apparent value of a land grant provided as part of an assistance package to establish the ACT node of the ICY Centre of Excellence under estimates for the Chief Minister's department:

(1) What was the final value of the land grant provided under this assistance package.

(2) If the value of the land grant was less than $10 million, what will the balance of the funds be used for.

(3) If the value of the land grant ultimately was greater than $10 million, from where will the balance of funds be sourced.

(4) What other measures have been included as part of the assistance package for the ACT node.

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

(1) A number of sites located near to the Australian National University have been identified as possibilities, however discussions are still underway with all parties to assess the optimal site.

(2) The Government agreed to grant land valued up to a maximum of $10 million. The land grant is a non cash transaction, therefore no funds will be available for other use.

(3) See answer to question two.

(4) The Government agreed to a $20 million assistance package consisting of the land grant, forgone revenue to a maximum of $5 million in payroll tax waivers and $5 million in cash. The cash component will be used for industry development activities, scholarships and Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) grants.

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