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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2715 ..

The Government will be guided by the outcome of that Inquiry in addressing the issue of contestability in these works.

2 Single select tendering for design and construct streetlighting projects is used only where specialist knowledge of the existing streetlighting system obtained through ActewAGL's maintenance operations is beneficial to the project's success and the time involved in another provider obtaining this information from ActewAGL would present an unacceptable delay to the project. In these circumstances, ActewAGL is required to provide a full price breakdown in its offer, which is compared with the current rates in the Streetlighting Maintenance contract for similar works; and ActewAGL obtains at least three quotations for subcontract services, such as underground boring that represent a significant percentage of the overall project cost.

The use of a single select tendering process for Streetlighting Armoured Cable Replacement in 2002-03 and Margaret Timpson Park Lighting should not be considered to indicate that this is the sole procedure adopted for the procurement of such works and services.

Roads ACT regularly tests the market, and plans to do so with future street lighting projects, including the Streetlighting Armoured Cable Replacement Project in 2003-04.

3 ActewAGL is a joint venture between ACTEW Corporation Ltd, a 100% Government owned business enterprise, and the Australian Gas Light Company. The Government is not in a position to comment on the nature of specific areas of ActewAGL's commercial arrangements. The ActewAGL Board is responsible for the day-to-day running of ActewAGL's activities and ensuring that its operating results meet the expectations of both joint venture owners.

4 ActewAGL was awarded Contract No.C01434 "Maintenance Services for Streetlight Assets". The letter of acceptance was issued on 13 September 2001 and advised a completion date of 12 September 2004. A further one-year extension is available. The contract has over two years remaining given the likely take up of the one-year extension. A decision on a new contract will be subject to the ACT Government policy at that time.

Civic Library strategy

(Question No 798)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the Libraries Improvement Program:

(1) Why has the name of this project changed from the Civic Library Strategy to the Libraries Improvement Program as shown in the March quarter report for Capital Works;

(2) What was delivered for the $297,000 expended in the March Quarter;

(3) What is the main aim of the Libraries Improvement Program;

(4) How is the aim of the Libraries Improvement Program different from the original project called the Civic Library Strategy (in the December Quarter capital works progress report);

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