Page 3389 - Week 08 - Thursday, 23 August 2012

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a body of work to look at procurement policy when it comes to work health and safety matters. That will be a very important input into the review. Whilst I am not at liberty to disclose the full terms of reference today, I can advise Ms Bresnan that the issues she raised will be appropriately and open to be considered by the inquiry process.

MS HUNTER: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, will you ensure that this work safety inquiry allows for submissions from the public, and will it commission any input from experts in building and construction safety?

MR CORBELL: The inquiry will take public submissions—that is the intended process—and in relation to expert advice that is a matter for the inquirer to determine.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary.

MS LE COUTEUR: Will there be an interim report from the investigation and what are the expected release dates for the interim report and the final report?

MR CORBELL: Whether or not there is an interim report will be a matter for the inquirer, but the government is seeking a final report around the end of November this year.

Lake Ginninderra—infrastructure project

MR COE: I have a question to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, employers who run businesses at Emu Bank have expressed extreme disappointment in your government’s mismanagement of the infrastructure project on Lake Ginninderra. In fact a combination of inadequate parking, poor management of the lake and bridge upgrades, construction of the nearby apartments, closure of the Chandler Street pedestrian underpass and changed traffic conditions have led to a dramatic change and impact on numerous businesses. In fact, one business, Contours gym, is going to be forced to close. Why were surrounding businesses not informed of the infrastructure projects and the impact they would have, and road and path closures, including the bridge over the lake?

MS GALLAGHER: It is an area I know well and I must say that over the last few years the investment in that area of Belconnen is looking fantastic. Yes, upgrades—this is what happens when you invest in new infrastructure and improve the areas, and there are some signs up there with pictures of what it will look like when that work is complete—do inconvenience people who use that area and, at times, businesses who operate out of that area. I am certainly aware of some concerns around parking regarding some private developments that are happening around that part of the lake, and Roads ACT have been working with the proponent of that development to improve the parking arrangements for local businesses in that area.

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