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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 20 September 1995) . . Page.. 1566 ..


MR STEFANIAK: Ms McRae, if you read the budget papers carefully I think you will see that the ACT Government's component for the academy programs is about $1.3m in this coming year. Basically, $1m of that, or close enough to it - I think it is $968,000 or thereabouts - will be from the one per cent levy. The academy already is funded to an extent. It is funded to the extent of around $300,000, which is the rest of it. That additional money, as you might recall, was needed because we have gone from four intensive training centres to 12 intensive training centres. Hence the need for the additional funding, which is to be achieved through the one per cent levy on the clubs. The remaining funding is, in fact, base funding, which I think you will find is effectively a continuation of normal funding.

MS McRAE: I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. The levy for the Academy of Sport, as I understood it, was for only one year. Are you then proposing that the shortfall will be met by levies on individuals and teams using our ovals?

MR STEFANIAK: I think you will find, Ms McRae, that that levy is intended for more than one year. That levy is not only for the academy. If there is money left over from that levy it will go to other sports-related activities. There may be some readjustment and rationalisation of the 12 intensive training centres. There might be other sports added; there might be some deleted. After Atlanta you will find that the Commonwealth will do that too. It is quite likely that that level of funding may well be needed for the academy in the lead-up to the 2000 Games. It is certainly not intended that that is going to stop after one year.

Tourism - Budget Provision

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr De Domenico. Mr De Domenico, in your election policy you promised this:

Allocating an extra -

I emphasise “extra” -

$5m annually for an enhanced tourism and business marketing campaign to promote the ACT more aggressively in Australia and overseas as a more attractive destination.

You repeated this promise after the election and told us to wait. Would you outline where this extra $5m of real money, new money, is in the tourism budget? For an accurate answer we will need something more than the figures in that misleading document that you were waving around earlier.

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Mr Wood for the dorothy dixer. Mr Speaker, in line with an election commitment, significant new funds will be injected into developing and marketing the ACT's tourism and business potential. The commitment totals more than $5m, Mr Wood. It includes a strategic marketing group called CanTrade with $1m to aggressively market the Canberra region and to bid for major events. It will be


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