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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1435..


10. This matter is still the subject of negotiation, however it is proposed that the AFL will use its reasonable endeavours to televise each of the premiership season matches.

National Dinosaur Museum

(Question No 510)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 1 April 2003.

1. Has the Minister been involved in any discussions with the operators of the National Dinosaur Museum and did the Government know prior to The Canberra Times article on 22.03.03 that the operators were considering moving interstate;

2. Has the Government offered the National Dinosaur Museum support of any nature, if so, please provide details, if not, why not;

3. Is the Government concerned that relocation of the National Dinosaur Museum interstate will leave a hole in tourism activities in Canberra;

4. Is the Government concerned that relocation of the National Dinosaur Museum interstate will impact on other tourist attractions at Gold Creek like Cockington Green;

5. Would the Government consider some sort of agreement between the Education Department, CTEC and the Dinosaur Museum to maximise and increase school groups (local and interstate) visiting the museum, if not, why not;

6. What is the Government doing to increase tourism in the Territory following the bushfires;

7. Is the Government working with the Commonwealth to maximise opportunities that may be forthcoming following the Federal Tourism Minister's announcement of the 'See Australia' campaign, if so, what is the ACT doing to be involved in that campaign, if not, why is the ACT not involved.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. Has the Minister been involved in any discussions with the operators of the National Dinosaur Museum and did the Government know prior to The Canberra Times article on 22.03.03 that the operators were considering moving interstate;

Mr Stan Russell, proprietor, of the National Dinosaur Museum (NDM) wrote to the Government on 14 March 2003 stating the Museum's position prior to the publication of the article in The Canberra Times on 22 March 2003.

2. Has the Government offered the National Dinosaur Museum support of any nature, if so, please provide details, if not, why not;


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