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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . .

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MR BARR: Since 2012, the government has invested nearly $15 million to improve the match day experience for spectators and players at Manuka Oval. This investment has obviously led to the ACT winning the right to host a range of national and international cricket and AFL matches.

The major improvements to Manuka, most specifically, include the best, brightest and best-looking sports lights in the country, an upgrade to the playing surface, new food and drink outlets and public toilets, more seats at the venue, upgrades to media, coaches and officials game day facilities, and at the moment work is underway to enhance the entry gates and pedestrian facilities to access Manuka Oval.

At GIO Stadium, upgrades include new ticket booths, with upgraded ticketing and turnstile technology, improvements to the food and drink outlets and new turf on the playing surface.

Gaming—co-location of racing codes

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Racing and Gaming. Minister, recommendation 138 from the estimates committee report this year said that should the availability of the feasibility study into the co-administration and co-location of the three racing codes be delayed beyond the last sitting day of August 2014 the minister should make a statement to the Legislative Assembly. The three codes include thoroughbred racing at Thoroughbred Park, greyhound racing at greyhound park and harness racing at EPIC. Minister, when can we expect either the draft report or a statement?

MS BURCH: When the government has considered the draft report and made decisions.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, when does the government intend to make an announcement on this issue, and when will the relevant codes be notified?

MS BURCH: We will make it at an appropriate time, and the codes will be notified accordingly.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why is the draft report being delayed?

MS BURCH: It is not being delayed. It is in the process of being considered.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, are any alternative plans being considered for equestrian users of EPIC in the event the codes are not to be relocated, given that some of the stables have been identified as containing asbestos?

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