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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1464 ..

2. The Department of Treasury has undertaken an assessment of the Canberra International Dragway (CID) revised proposal that was submitted in December 2002 and has advised the Government that there is no fundamental reason for the Government to change from the position it adopted in response to the first CID proposal.

3. No. Previous studies show that there are severe limitations on siting a dragway in the ACT. The site that has achieved the most attention over the last several months has been Mr Develin's preferred site (Block 52 Majura), which was extensively studied in 2001/02.

Late last year, in the period between the Government's response to the original proposal and the revised proposal, Government officers, aware of the existing lease encumbrances on Mr Develin's preferred site, did canvass with him whether further investigation of other sites might be worthwhile. Mr Develin's clear position was that CID was not interested in reopening the examination of further sites, as only Block 52 Majura suits CID's purposes from a commercial point of view. I have now written to Mr Develin indicating that the Government remains willing to assist CID with the purchase of a suitable site. However, it must be said that, taking into account both the environmental limitations identified in the earlier studies and CID's commercial concerns, there are no alternative sites immediately apparent.

Mr Develin has also been advised through my letter to him and through correspondence from PALM that government assistance in purchasing a lease would also be dependent upon Mr Develin negotiating the transfer of a lease with any existing leaseholders and subject to a business plan that does not rely on government funding for construction or running costs for a new dragway facility.

Disabled persons-court access

(Question No 541)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 1 April 2003:

In relation to disabled access to court:

(1) Can the Minister advise what works will take place as part of this project and associated costs;

(2) What was delivered for the $9,000 expended on this project as at 31 December 2002;

(3) Were any funds expended on this project between 31 December 2002 and 31 March 2003, if so, can details please be provided, if not, why not;

(4) As at 31 December 2002 there was $1.405m still to be expended on this project, is it running according to schedule for an end of June 2003 completion, if not, why not;

(5) If not, can the Minister confirm if the funding for this project will be rolled over and used for this actual purpose and not reallocated.

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