The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne is asking some hard questions about what’s going on at the Cotter Dam expanstion:
Today it has been revealed that $315.7 million has already been spent on the Cotter Dam, before the impacts of the March floods are even taken into account. ACT Shadow Nature Conservation and Water Minister Vicki Dunne said today that the dam has now secured its place alongside the Gungahlin Drive Extension in ACT Labor’s infrastructure hall of shame.
“The Cotter Dam is now the aquatic GDE – half built and triple the cost,” Mrs Dunne said today.
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“ACT Labor has tried to soften the ground for a budget blowout, blaming it in advance on the floods, but we now know beyond doubt that the floods are not to blame. The government has already spent $315.7 million of the allocated $363 million.
“With less than $50 million remaining, it is painfully clear that ACT Labor once again won’t deliver a major infrastructure project on budget, and they’ve known it for some time.
“One of the main reasons infrastructure delivery, such as the dam and the GDE, has failed is due to the short-term thinking of ACT Labor.
“The Canberra Liberals have a solution for this. Through our Infrastructure Canberra policy, we will develop a long term infrastructure strategy which takes into account prospective economic variables.
“It will be overseen by an independent Infrastructure Commissioner, supported by a board, to advise on developments for the long-term interests of Canberra.