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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 4 Hansard (5 April) . .

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MR BARR: The government has a memorandum of understanding with ClubsACT that outlines our commitments in this regard.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, given that you do continue to support the community gaming model, why are you considering an unsolicited bid for an expansion of poker machine numbers in the ACT?

MR BARR: The government is not seeking to expand the number of poker machines in the ACT.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, I ask again: does your government support the community clubs gaming model as it currently stands?

MR BARR: I refer the member to my previous answer to exactly the same question.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, has your government now abandoned its support for the community clubs gaming model as it currently stands?

MR BARR: The government has a memorandum of understanding with ClubsACT, and that outlines a range of commitments that the government has made for this parliamentary term.

Westside village—government support

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Tourism and Events. So far, the ACT government has spent $1.2 million on Westside Acton Park. It has now announced a new contract to reactivate this area. Why does a new pop-up site need reactivation?

MR BARR: The government has employed the services of an event company to provide a range of events and activities at Westside for the forthcoming period. Some in the media may have characterised that in the terms that Mr Doszpot has outlined. The government sees this simply as building on what is already a very strongly supported venture. I am advised that more than 50,000 people have attended major events at Westside in its first 12 months. On top of that, the regular trade, the regular weekend and weekday—

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, do not interject.


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