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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1833 ..

hospitality training,

education and English language training,

environmental management,

organisational advice,

sports team management, coaching and sports science,

services for the disabled, and

preparation of briefs and tender documents for major projects.

Three officials led an official environmental delegation to participate in Environmental Symposia held in Beijing and Hangzhou in Nov 2002.

We have hosted 12 delegations from China.


(Question No 624)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to the relocation of the ACTTAB Dickson headquarters to Gungahlin:

What is the current construction status of the new building.

When is it proposed the new building will be completed.

Are plans yet in hand for disposal of the Dickson premises and if so, what are they.

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

ACTTAB advises that the construction of the new building has not commenced. ACTTAB has identified a preferred site in the Gungahlin Town Centre for its head office and formally advised the Government of this on 28 February 2003. A number of processes need to occur before ACTTAB can purchase its chosen site. For example, direct sales of land to Territory Owned Corporations (TOCs) are governed by Disallowable Instrument 115 of 1999 which requires that land be sold to a TOC at the current market value. Cabinet approval is required for a direct sale.

Following procurement of the site, preparation of tender documentation and the calling of tenders for construction of the building will be commenced. ACTTAB advises that the process of engaging a construction company to build the new head office will take at least three months and the construction of the new building may take up to eighteen months. Therefore, it may take two years for the building to be completed.

ACTTAB will remain on its current site until the new building is complete. Since this is likely to take some time, ACTTAB has no firm plans for the disposal of the Dickson premises.

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