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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1827..


National Convention Centre

(Question No 553)

Mr Smyth

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

Can the Minister advise where copies of the consultants report looking into the future of the National Convention Centre can be obtained;

Why has this document not been released publicly;

Has any funding been expended this financial year or last regarding the future of the National Convention Centre, if so, please provide a detailed list of costs and works/research undertaken;

Has the government received any submissions or correspondence from the tourism industry in relation to the future of the National Convention Centre, if so, can copies be provided;

When will the government make a decision about the future of the National Convention Centre.

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

No.

The report provides advice to government, which is currently being considered.

Yes. Detailed list of costs and research undertaken follows.

Financial Year

Expenditure

Consultants

Project

01/02

$37,000

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey (GHD)

Review of the proposal to upgrade the National Convention Centre and cost benefit investigation of alternative options

02/03

$2532.58

GHD

Further analysis of findings in initial report

02/03

$20,000 (estimated)

Access Economics

Further economic analysis of options suggested in the GHD report.

Yes, correspondence has been received but copies are not available.

Government is currently considering options after which a decision will be announced.

Bushfires-insurance claims

(Question No 556)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 2 April 2003:

Has any monitoring been conducted by the Bushfire Recovery Taskforce or Centre as to the response rate of insurance companies to claims by bushfire victims;


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