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(3) contributions from the Sustainable Infrastructure Fund will enable these projects to be more sustainable than would have otherwise been possible without support from the Fund. The projects which are currently under construction are:

a. Birrigai Redevelopment;

b. Health Protection Service, Holder;

c. North Building refurbishment; and

d. Gungahlin Child and Family Centre.

A further two projects are scheduled to go to tender in October 2005:

a. Palmerston Community Hall; and

b. Environment ACT Ranger House replacement.

A review of rainwater retention and reuse issues at Exhibition Park was also undertaken. The review indicated that the costs of introducing an integrated rainwater collection and reticulation system at EPIC significantly outweighed the potential benefits of the proposal.

(4) Yes. The Funds were rolled over to ensure that they remained available to be applied to increasing the sustainability performance of a range of infrastructure projects.

(5) As noted above, the majority of funds were committed to projects during 2004-05. Provision of the funds in the 2004 Budget enabled commitments to be made for a wide range of projects that are now under construction and for an enhanced level of sustainability elements to be incorporated into the design stage of other projects.

Work-based child care—capital expenditure
(Question No 555)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, upon notice, on 25 August 2005:

(1) What was delivered for the $54 000 year-to-date capital expenditure, as at the end of the March 2004-05 Quarter, on ‘Work-Based Child Care Centres’;

(2) If the year-to-date expenditure on this project, as at the end of the March quarter, was in fact $54 000, why does the total expenditure figure, as shown in the March capital works progress report show that only $14 000 has been expended;

(3) Is this an error in the report or is there another explanation for the apparent error in these figures;

(4) What is the current (a) status of the ‘Work-Based Child Care Centres’ project and (b) total expenditure on this project.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) As at the of the March quarter for the 2004-2005 financial year, $54,000 was expended on the Work-Based Child Care Project. The funds were expended on a feasibility study to examine the issues around the establishment of:

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