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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (13 August) . .

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amphitheatre. This is in keeping with the arboretum master plan. Works include planting trees and hedges; installing irrigation; the construction of gravel and hard surface pedestrian and vehicular pavements; providing mower strips, toilets, outdoor furniture and signage; tree protection; and car parking for the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion.

The design of the public facilities will provide amenities for people using the events terrace before 9 am or after 4 pm, when the main village centre is closed. The objective of this project is to develop the events terrace to a level where it meets the design intent as the main hub for all major events at the arboretum. The events terrace is a core element of the National Arboretum master plan adopted by the government in 2005.

The budget also provides funding to upgrade landscapes and facilities in and around the village centre, car park and playground as well as the propagation of plant stock. Fire trails and dirt tracks will also be upgraded.

MR COE: Treasurer, what representations did you make to have Canberra stadium, Manuka Oval, the convention centre or any national institution included in the first stage of light rail?

MR BARR: The government considered a range of options in relation to those projects. I am very keen, as members have observed, to progress the city to the lake plan that includes bringing a number of those major pieces of public infrastructure into a more central location in the city that will enable people to access those important pieces of public infrastructure on the light rail route. I welcome Mr Coe's support for such foresight in locating those major pieces of infrastructure within the CBD on the light rail route.

Civic Olympic Pool—site

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, I refer to media reports that the government is planning to build a new stadium on the site of the current Civic Olympic Pool. What actions will you take as minister to protect the interests of the users of the Civic pool in this process?

MR RATTENBURY: Probably at the start of this answer I need to declare an interest. I am a member of the Civic pool. I have a full membership at that facility. That is something that I have also disclosed to my directorate as part of taking up the portfolio.

Having put that to one side, clearly, it is important that we continue to have aquatic facilities in the city. Minister Barr is leading on the development of the stadium and city to the lake, as he has indicated on a number of occasions. But sport and rec will be working closely with the economic development directorate to ensure that aquatic facilities are provided. The current proposal sees a staging, with a new aquatic facility intended to be constructed on west basin. It is seen as a sequencing whereby the new facility will be constructed first.

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