Page 3319 - Week 10 - Friday, 26 August 2005

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(2) The total capital expenditure for the Dragway for the 2004-05 financial year was $12,000. The $7,000 figure was a reporting error.

(3) See answer to Question 2.

(4) See answer to Question 2.

(5) The Government, through my Department, and assisted by the Dragway Advisory Committee, is completing feasibility assessments for establishing a Dragway on Block 51, Majura. The principal issues bearing on its feasibility include cost, noise impacts and cultural heritage impacts. If the feasibility assessment indicates that there is a reasonable prospect that a Dragway can be constructed and operate on Block 51 Majura in accordance with all applicable planning and environment laws, then the Government will support and fund the preparation of a detailed proposal for a Dragway on that site. The detailed proposal would be prepared for formal lodgement and assessment under planning and environmental legislation and seek relevant development and environmental approvals to enable construction and use of the facility. The greater majority of capital funding is available for the construction of the dragway.

(6) As I said in the Assembly on 7 April 2005, in answer to a similar question from the Member, I don’t think it is fair to say that there are delays with this project. Given the significant planning and environmental issues associated with a project of this type, and the important public interest, pre-construction assessments and planning are being undertaken fully and in the appropriate manner to ensure that government funding is most effectively used.

(7) I would expect this project to be completed within 12 months of it receiving all of the approvals required under the Territory’s planning and environmental laws.

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