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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 346..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

The Department of Urban Services will arrange for a concrete shelter to be relocated in Lewis Luxton Crescent.

It has not arrived, Mr Speaker-12 months after the promised date, it has not arrived. I believe that this shows that this minister does not really care about the plight of older people. I seek leave to table two documents, Mr Speaker.

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: I present the following papers:

Bus shelter-Barrington Gardens, Gordon-Copies of:

Letter from Minister for Urban Services, dated 10 December 1999 to Mr John Hargreaves, MLA.

Survey for Bus Shelter and recommendations, dated 28 aand 29 July 1999.

Mr Smyth: It must be election time again.

MR HARGREAVES: It is not election mode. I am just getting sick of waiting. Thank you very much Mr Speaker.

Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation-relocation

MR BERRY (3.47): Mr Speaker, I rise to express a strong element of surprise about the decision by CTEC to move to the Canberra Airport, which was exposed as a result of a question asked earlier by Ms Tucker. I must say that, for the life of me, I cannot understand how CTEC will benefit from being at Canberra Airport. Does this mean that they will be able to meet and greet all the people that come through the airport? Is that their prime role in this?

Ms Tucker: Show them the billboards.

MR BERRY: Yes, they could show them the billboards at Canberra Airport. Mr Speaker, how is it that an organisation which owes so much to the tourism industry in the ACT would be better situated outside of the CBD? It strikes me as quite odd that this decision has been made. I look forward to seeing all the details about this. I look forward to seeing the government trying to justify this decision in respect of its value for money and its contribution to a better outcome for the tourism and events industry in the ACT.

I wonder whether the staff are that happy about having to travel all that extra distance to Canberra Airport as a result of this decision. I guess that none of them will complain-they might not have to make the trip to Canberra Airport if they were to offend the government, because that seems to be a pattern that is emerging in relation to this organisation.


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