Page 1412 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 3 May 2016

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MR COE: Minister, is it true that the BCR for Majura Parkway is four in contrast to 1.2 for light rail?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will come back to the Assembly with the BCR for the Majura Parkway.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hinder.

MR HINDER: Minister, during the opening ceremony I noted that the Chief Minister mentioned the project had been completed ahead of schedule. Can you update the Assembly on the finalisation of the project?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Hinder for the supplementary. Yes, indeed, this successful project has been delivered ahead of schedule. When the ACT and federal governments first announced the shared funding for the $288 million Majura Parkway project in July 2011, the completion date announced was June 2016.

The section of the Majura Parkway north of Fairbairn Avenue was opened early to the public in May 2015, and on 22 April 2016 the balance of the project was completed and opened to the public, two months ahead of the initial schedule. The southern section of the parkway was constructed in close proximity to busy roads and every effort was made to limit the impact of this while ensuring that the project was delivered ahead of time.

Over the three-year construction period, over one million hours of work was undertaken without any lost time due to injury. I am pleased that not only has the single largest investment in public roads in Canberra been completed and opened to the public but also that it was delivered ahead of the scheduled date of June 2016.

Mr Barr: Madam Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Trade unions—memorandum of understanding

MR CORBELL: In question time today Mr Coe asked me a question about whether or not the MOU between the ACT government and UnionsACT was supplied to short-listed bidders for the capital metro project. I can advise Mr Coe that capital metro provided copies of the MOU to both short-listed bidders on 25 May last year. Further, capital metro explicitly advised bidders on 29 July last year that adherence to ACT government prequalification and certification arrangements, notably the ACT IRE strategy and work health and safety active certification policy, including the provision of an ethical suppliers declaration, would by themselves meet the ACT government’s expectations, and no further or separate undertakings would be required. Further, at no stage—at no stage—were unions involved in any way in determining the procurement of this project.

Mr Hanson: It is intimidation. Intimidation and coercion; that is what it is.

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