Eastern Distributor Construction Homes Damage

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        On 26 June Reverend the Hon. Fred Nile asked the Minister for Mineral Resources a questions without notice relating to building damage along the Eastern Distributor. The Minister for Roads provided the following response:
            I am advised that all responsibility for this matter remains with Leighton Contractors Pty Limited. Leighton Contractors Pty Limited (Leighton Contractors) have advised that whilst a small number of claims for alleged property damages caused by the Eastern Distributor construction remain outstanding, it is not in the vicinity of 50 separate homes. The Eastern Distributor was opened on 19 December 1999 except for the William Street on and off ramps which were opened on 23 July 2000. I am advised that Leighton Contractors have assessed all claims for property damage on a case by case basis. I understand that Leighton Contractors will continue to respond to community concerns regarding claims of any damage to properties.
            The Roads and Traffic Authority [RTA] has been monitoring the status of, and responses to, claims made in order to ensure that Leighton Contractors fulfil their obligations. I understand that the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, the Hon. Dr Andrew Refshauge MP, has agreed to establish an independent technical assessment panel to examine this issue. The RTA will assist by providing necessary information and facilitate the work of the panel.