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(Question No 698)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 18 March 2010:

(1) What is the current estimated cost of the refurbishment of the Deakin shops.

(2) When will the refurbishment of the Deakin shops be complete.

(3) What was the expected completion date when the Government approved the expenditure.

(4) What impact has the refurbishment had on businesses at Deakin shops to date.

(5) Why was the Government unable to undertake the refurbishment in winter months of the year when the impact on businesses at Deakin shops would have been lessened.

(6) What further refurbishments of shopping centres are planned for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.

(7) What is the estimated cost and completion date of these refurbishments.

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

(1) Total cost of the project is $1,150,000. This includes procurement, construction, design and approvals costs and public artwork.

(2) Completion of construction is programmed for May 2010.

(3) Completion date was originally expected to be June 2009, but was adjusted as a result of further consultation with Deakin business owners when agreement could not be reached on a design.

(4) Parks, Conservation and Lands (PCL), along with ACT Procurement Solutions and the construction contractor, has worked with business owners at Deakin shops to keep the impact of construction works on trade to a minimum. The refurbishment works have been undertaken in stages to minimise impacts on traders and customers at Deakin.

(5) Construction tenders for the project closed on 23 April 2009. A number of important design issues had to be resolved after close of tenders, before construction could commence.

The significant changes were:

To achieve the best outcomes across public open space at Deakin shops the designer proposed works on an area within leasehold. Despite extensive negotiations and design revision the leaseholder refused to give approval for works on leased land. This led to further design revisions and consultation. (Development Application was Conditionally Approved on 23 June 2009. Further design revisions occurred in July-August 2009).

Due to these design changes and delays, the construction contractor was required to submit a revised price and program for the modified scope of works (October 2009).

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