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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1472..


Rugby World Cup

(Question No 551)

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

1. Can the Minister advise what work has been undertaken to date for Canberra to host World Cup Rugby events;

2. Has a separate body been established to work on Rugby World Cup in Canberra, if so, can details of the members of the body be provided, if not, what area is looking after details regarding World Cup Rugby;

3. What costs have been borne by the ACT to date to host World Cup Rugby, can a breakdown of items and costs please be provided;

4. Will the government be using World Cup Rugby to promote tourism in Canberra, if so, what plans are in place to do so, if not, why not.

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

1. Can the Minister advise what work has been undertaken to date for Canberra to host World Cup Rugby events;

The following work has been undertaken to date by the Stadiums Authority for Canberra to host Rugby World Cup 2003 matches.

A Taskforce Organising Committee (TFOC) was established on 21 August 2002. This committee is chaired by the CEO of the Stadiums Authority. The committee meets on a bi-monthly basis to develop the plans and policies necessary to support the operational aspects of the event. TFOC is made up of representatives from:

Stadiums Authority

ARU

Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Emergency Services Bureau

ACTION Buses

ACTRU

National Capital Authority (NCA)

Canberra Tourism & Events Corporation (CTEC)

The primary role of TFOC is to support the ARU in hosting the events successfully and to build a range of supporting activities during the period of 10 October to 22 November 2003 to maximise the social and economic benefit for the ACT.

To date the TFOC has finalised the Venue and Precinct Hiring Agreement with the ARU (July 2002)

All operational, catering, security and venue management plans have been submitted. The Stadiums Authority has to date met all planning requirements of the ARU and the Rugby World Cup management body.


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