Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2010) . . Page.. 106 ..
He goes on:
The current alignment would put what is planned to be a four-lane road carrying 20,000 cars per day just 20 metres away from a residential street.
He goes on in some detail. It is worth looking at a couple of aspects of real concern that he highlights. He says:
But now Andrew Barr is telling us and the Assembly ‘nope—we’re not going to do it’.
That was his position until a little while ago. Andrew Barr was simply thumbing his nose at the Assembly until he got the Greens on board, until the Greens backflipped from their stated position to realign this road, The Greens ended up backing the minister, having before backed the community. They did back the community initially, but then they backflipped and they sold the community out.
Mr Kerlin goes on:
The original cost estimate for the entire road—some two kilometres long—was $7 million. Minister Mr Barr is now saying this realignment of some 500 metres of it would add another $5 million to the cost! Yet his office has refused to provide us or any MLAs that we are aware of with any substantiation of that costing.
And he goes on in relation to the work that Alastair Coe has been doing with the FOI work where there are no detailed costings given. There have been no detailed costings done. I have another e-mail that was circulated to a number of members. It says:
On Sunday, 7 February, Alan Kerlin, President Gungahlin Community Council, sent an email to yourself and other MLA’s regarding the realignment of Well Station Drive extension.
It goes on:
My wife and I, as well as my parents, each own a house in Harrison and would like to express our concerns over Mr Andrew Barr, MLA … failing to heed the Assembly’s request of November 2009, to realign the road as per our community’s request. We further have strong concerns over the method by which a costing was achieved, and request your support in urging Minister Barr to disclose the costing analysis and address the issues posed by Mr Kerlin in his email.
Your support on this issue, which you are undoubtedly aware has such a simple and obvious solution as described in Mr Kerlin’s email, would be greatly appreciated, as failure for the road to be realigned would significantly and detrimentally affected many homes in our suburb.