In the wake of the Molonglo asbestos debacle Jon Stanhope has turned to his troublesome Auditor General to find out what went wrong:
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has written to the Auditor General asking for a review of the procedures used to test for contamination at the site of a planned pond in Molonglo, after tonnes of contaminated material and old sewerage structures were missed during the testing regime.
The discovery has increased the cost of the pond, which is designed to manage storm water flows and harvest water for irrigation, in the yet-to-be-built suburbs of the Molonglo Valley.
Mr Stanhope said he hoped the Auditor General would look at the reasons for the failure to detect the nature and extent of contamination on the site, and the roles and responsibilities of government agencies, contractors and others.
“The Government is deeply concerned by the escalation of costs associated with the project and wants to know why such significant errors were made in calculating the scale of remedial work needed, why there was such a major discrepancy in the calculation of the volume of contaminated soil, and why the presence of undemolished structures from former sewerage works were not known about,”
Mr Stanhope said today.