Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 6 (4 May) . . Page.. 1741..
MR CORBELL (continuing):
In the initial 12 months of work, the government, through the Canberra central project team and its task force, have commenced or are undertaking the following:
We saw this last Christmas; we had Christmas events and activities being held for the first time in the city centre; and Canberrans responded positively to that. I continue:
All these have been sponsored by and driven by the ACT government through the Canberra central program. That, Mr Speaker, was indeed the Canberra central events program. I know they do not like that but it is worth putting the government's record on the table.
Mrs Dunne: Well, it is just not true.
MR CORBELL: Are you saying those events did not happen, Mrs Dunne? Where were you?
The government has also undertaken exercises to identify locations for new major public buildings in the Canberra central area. We are developing a design manual for Canberra central, an urban design charter. We are developing a street furniture palette for the Canberra central area. As my colleague Mr Quinlan has outlined, we have also put on the table and are now progressing the idea of a special levy to promote and market the city centre. Interestingly, the Liberal Party is split also on that issue. Mr Mulcahy thinks it is a bad idea, Mr Smyth thinks it is a good idea. I wonder what Mr Seselja thinks? There is a diversity of views over on that side of the table.
Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker-
MR CORBELL: There is no point of order; he is just going-
Mr Smyth: The minister cannot mislead the Assembly. I have never-
MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order. Resume your seat.
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, the government has also-