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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3928 ..

Capital works program 2002-03-progress report

Paper and statement by minister

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

2002-03 Capital Works Program-Progress report-September quarter.

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: I have presented the September quarterly report 2002-03 capital works program for the first quarter progress report of the current financial year's program. The report provides detailed information on the progress of expenditure for all projects included in the 2002-03 capital works program, with particular focus on individual projects.

The September report incorporates quarterly and full year expenditure information on all projects included in the current capital works program. It also identifies all variations to the 2002-03 program and presents all information at project level, according to departmental responsibility.

Mr Speaker, the capital works program in our original 2002-03 budget was $141.399 million. In addition to this amount, territory departments are carrying forward underspent funds from the previous year of $11.627 million. Including this variation, the total funds available for expenditure in 2002-03 are currently $153 million-approximately.

Total departments incurred expenditure on capital works of $11.040 million during the September quarter. At 7.8 per cent, this figure represents less than 8 per cent of funds available for expenditure, including carryover funds from previous years, and variations.

The Department of Urban Services was the largest contributor to the capital works program for the first quarter, with an expenditure of $7.775 million. Major projects contributing to this expenditure include a duplication of the Monaro Highway over Dairy Flat Road, Barton Highway, Morshead Drive and Pialligo Road, to the airport.

Other major projects with significant expenditure in the first quarter include perioperative services, stage 2, at the Canberra Hospital and stage 2 of the refurbishment of non-patient and administrative area of Calvary Hospital. I am expecting big things of my fellow ministers over the next three quarters of this financial year.

I commend the 2002-03 capital works program first quarter report to the Assembly.

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