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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 6 May 2010) . . Page.. 2064 ..

project scopes and associated cost vary, including shade sails, shade structures, the refurbishment of classrooms, libraries, school front entries and assembly halls, and the construction of new libraries, assembly halls, multi-purpose buildings and environmental centres. The cost will also vary with the extent of furniture fitout which may include, for example, interactive white boards, audio visual systems, and desks and chairs. The cost for these elements differ significantly and it would therefore be meaningless to aggregate as an average per metre figure.

At the start of the BER initiative’s implementation, it was decided that all projects would be custom designed and built on site, in consultation with school communities. The size of buildings, design features, environmental design initiatives, the level of fitout and other inclusions such as covered walkways was agreed on a school-by-school basis and therefore differ from one project to another. The project scope was however contained within the funding allocated for each school.

(2) Prior to the commencement of the BER initiative in February 2009, the ACT Government funded a range of capital improvements, new schools and new facilities across ACT public schools. This included the construction of Kingsford Smith School, new gymnasiums at Belconnen and Stromlo High Schools, the performing arts centre at Lyneham High School, and school refurbishments at older schools such as Alfred Deakin High School, Telopea Park School and Narrabundah College.

Similarly, the cost of these projects would be meaningless if aggregated and averaged. In addition, each project is managed and delivered through different construction methods and therefore each project cannot be compared on a cost per square metre basis.

With the assistance of ACT Procurement Solutions, the Department of Education and Training delivers capital infrastructure projects on a competitive and value for money tender basis.

(3) As explained above, cost comparisons are not feasible when such a wide range of project scopes is being undertaken.

(Question No 893)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 25 March 2010:

(1) What work has the ACT Planning and Land Authority done to meet the Government’s Children’s Plan commitments for Molonglo.

(2) Have any children been consulted at any stage through the planning processes.

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

(1) The ACT Planning and Land Authority participated on a Child Friendly City Sub Committee of a cross-Government interdepartmental committee that was established by the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services in 2009.

During 2009, a process to revisit and refresh the ACT Children’s Plan was undertaken. This process involved consulting with children, families and people who

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