Page 2729 - Week 07 - Thursday, 3 July 2008

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over the last three years, 2005-06 to 2007-08, was $350 million. This is the comparison. We have budgeted three times higher and we delivered against that.

Expenditure on capital works programs is often delayed due to factors which are largely outside the government’s control. Factors such as workforce availability due to the high level of construction activity which has been experienced in the ACT over recent years, weather conditions, legal proceedings and the need to carefully schedule works to minimise disruptions and maintain continuity of services all impact on the government’s ability to deliver programs on time. Given all the factors which can influence the delivery of the program and the size of the capital works program, the government’s delivery record is a significant achievement.

If I can just look at examples in my own portfolio of projects invested in by this government, which were delivered promptly and are today providing benefits to the community: in 2001-02, the Tuggeranong Health Centre and Belconnen Health Centre had health centre refurbishments; in Rivett, the Burrangiri Respite Care Centre had refurbishments; and in the Calvary Hospital (Public), we had refurbishment of the operating theatres. In 2002-03, we had paediatric refurbishment of levels 4 and 5; and, in community health, we had child health clinic upgrades.

In 2003-04, we had Canberra Hospital security system replacement; emergency department refurbishment; replacing signs and access improvements; and refurbishment of the pain management clinic. In Calvary Hospital (Public), we had the refurbishment of non-inpatient and administrative areas and the emergency department diagnostic and observation unit. In 2004-05, in Moore Street, we had the drug and alcohol unit refurbishment.

In 2005-06, we had the corporate office fit-out of 11 Moore Street; the rebuild of the Howard Florey health protection unit; the extension of the psychiatric secure unit in Canberra Hospital; the relocation of the helipad and the multistorey car park; building 10 lifts and dumbwaiter upgrades; orthopaedic theatre refurbishment; anatomical pathology laboratory refurbishment; refurbishment of the paediatrics unit. In Calvary Hospital (Public), we had the electrical and lift upgrade; at the Canberra Medical School, the restoration of the roof decking; improvements to security and access control.

In 2006-07, we had the refurbishment of the roof of the old analytical laboratory; at Canberra Hospital, the medical records relocation; at the Canberra medical school, there was a massive project; the refurbishment of medical imaging reception area; at Calvary Hospital, the sterilising facility; the sub and non-acute inpatient service; the plant and building upgrades and fire safety upgrades.

In relation to disability, housing and community services, we have got in the next couple of months the opening of the $42 million Bimberi Youth Justice Centre. We have built two child and family centres in Gungahlin and Tuggeranong. We have fitted out the Holder therapy service, the single service therapy accommodation; upgrades to the Quamby Youth Detention Centre; the Griffin Centre; the Palmerston Community Hall; the Multicultural Centre; Swanson Plaza single-service therapy accommodation; intensive care and treatment facility; the Weston Creek child care

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