According to today’s Canberra Times, a new building to house ACT Government public servants maybe built. While its probably never a good time to do these things – there are huge lead times :
Good that they are thinking about all the options (eg. refurbishment of existing, build or lease from pvt sector over 25 years or so).
But, why on earth, does it HAVE to be in the city. Surely, with videolinks, teleconferencing and other technologies now widely available and used there is no need for the new building to be in Civic ? Why something with a “skybridge” across to the Legislative Assembly ? Surely a location in Civic with a potential skybridge, is overkill ?
I wonder what the Annual Rates will be on that location in Civic ?
I have absolutely no objection to anyone working in a reasonable standard of accommodation – I just want to see a full cost breakdown published – including into the future years – comparing each of the options. This should include renovating the existing buildings option of course. There must be some discipline on the ACT Gov’t – and close scrutiny of the figures to show what ever option is selected – if it goes ahead – is the the best possible value for money for Ratepayers and residents. This should include in a location outside of Civic too.
Given that this ACT Government seem to regard ACT business, residents and Ratepayers as an unlimited source of revenue to tap into, I would also like to see an assessment of this additional cost, at a time when the Territory’s budget is deep in the red – and heading massively further into the red, on ACT Government fees and charges, including on Annual Rates !