Page 4275 - Week 14 - Thursday, 24 October 1991

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Mr Speaker, as I indicated in the budget statement, the single most important management issue for the ACT Tourism Commission will be to implement changes to the structure and operation of the commission, to ensure that its resources are applied to the area of greatest priority, namely, its marketing program. Such a move will require streamlining of staffing structures and rationalisation of office location and accommodation arrangements.

The commission budget has, for the first time, been placed on a secure footing. It is no longer dependent on annual consideration of once-off funding for a major part of its discretionary expenditure. In 1990-91 the commission spent $1.685m on activities which were categorised as marketing. If the commission's restructuring objectives are met, up to $1.6m will be made available for marketing activities in 1991-92. The full-year effect of these adjustments in 1992-93 should be that more than $1.9m will be available for marketing.

Mr Speaker, I believe that the major restructuring of the ACT Tourism Commission will put the tourism industry in a position to make a significant contribution to the provision of jobs for our young people and to our economy in general.

I wish to record my Government's thanks to those who have served, and are serving, on the Tourism Commission, to the tourism industry in general and to the staff of the commission for their valuable contribution in making Canberra a more vibrant city. I present the following paper:

Tourism in the ACT - Ministerial statement, 24 October 1991.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Nolan) adjourned.

Discussion of Matter of Public Importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received a letter from Mr Stevenson proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:

The advisability of rejuvenating Garema Place as the city heart and the need to exclude skateboards from the area for public safety.

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