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(1) On what date did the car park plans for Campbell Primary School receive departmental approval and commitment for funding.

(2) Was there any community consultation made prior to the department approving and committing funds for this project.

(3) How many additional car parking spaces will there be when this project is completed.

(4) Was consideration given to extending the current car park; if so, what reasons were given for not proceeding with that option.

(5) What is the estimated total cost of the new car park at Campbell Primary School and will the entire cost be met by the ACT Government.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Department of Education and Training committed to the project on 28 July 2009. Construction of the new carparking arrangements is included in a Procurement Plan approved on 16 September 2009.

(2) Yes. Consultation was firstly undertaken with the school community (school principal and staff, School Board and Parents and Citizens Association) in relation to design options to address traffic flow and safety at Campbell Primary School. The preferred option was then presented to a community meeting held on 11 March 2009 with the majority of people attending supporting the proposal. The Department received a report from a consultant traffic engineer dated 22 April 2009 that addressed submissions and concerns expressed by local residents at the community meeting.

(3) The new carparking arrangements at Campbell Primary School include seven additional set-down/pick-up spaces along the main school entrance off Chauvel Street and the construction of an additional car park off Vasey Street with 16 long stay spaces and nine set-down/pick up spaces.

(4) The alternative proposal to extend the existing carpark was assessed by the consultant traffic engineer, who undertook a risk analysis of both the original proposal and the alternative proposal against 12 hazards. While the assessment report found ten ‘high’ or ‘medium’ risks in the alternative proposal, the original proposal was rated ‘low’ against all hazards.

(5) Funding of $250 000 has been allocated to construct the additional car parking and related works. This project has been funded by the ACT Government in 2009-10 under the Schools Infrastructure Refurbishment program through the Department of Education and Training.

Environment—building energy ratings
(Question No 325)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 17 September 2009:

(1) What is the progress of the Government’s strengthening of auditing of the approval and certification of new buildings to enable better auditing of energy efficiency ratings.

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