Page 441 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 15 February 2005

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Attachment 2

Document incorporated by the Treasurer

Mr Speaker, I present the September quarterly report for the 2004-05 Capital Works Program.

In summary, Departments incurred expenditure on capital works totalling $16m during the September quarter. This figure represents 7.3% of revised available funds.

The Department of Urban Services was the largest contributor to the capital works program in the first quarter with expenditure of $9.1m.

Major projects contributing to this expenditure included:

Kingston Foreshore Stormwater Augmentation Stage 2;

the completion of the East O'Malley Infrastructure; and

the completion of William Slim Drive and Barton Hwy Retardation Basins, and Cohen Street Belconnen.

The Department of Education and Training was the other major contributor to the capital works program in the first quarter with expenditure of $5.0m, including further construction of the Gungahlin High School.

Mr Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to inform members that the capital spend for the three months to the end of September 2004 was lower than anticipated and also lower than the corresponding quarter of 2003-04. I am advised that while the indicative figures for December 2004 show a marked pick-up in capital works activity, the full 2004-05 program is likely to be below budget.

I am currently examining the existing capital works budget process with a view to putting in place measures that, as much as possible, ensure that the Territory’s annual capital program aligns with original forecasts and projects are delivered on schedule.

Mr Speaker, I commend the 2004-05 Capital Works Program’s first quarter report to the Assembly.

Attachment 3

Document incorporated by the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services

Mr Speaker, Chief Minister, and members of the Assembly. I am pleased to table today the Government Response to the Standing Committee on Health Report on the Allied Health Care Needs of People in Residential Aged Care.

As you are all aware, the Standing Committee released the Report in August 2004. The report resulted from an inquiry into difficulties faced by older people in receiving adequate allied health services and care.

The Report covered the major issues raised in submissions to the inquiry, which were:

the impact of access to allied health care services on the longevity and comfort of those in residential aged care;

access to and the cost of transport to allied health treatments;

the consistency in treatment provided in residential aged care facilities; and

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