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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1861..


I understand that the service point for the Rally of Canberra was at Acton Park this year instead of Exhibition Park due to the National Folk Festival. Why was there not time to pack down from the National Folk Festival; the weekend before the Rally of Canberra, and allow servicing to occur at Exhibition Park;

The organisers of the National Folk Festival and EPIC management were consulted regarding the availability of EPIC. However, Rally vehicles and teams arrived as early as Easter Monday. This precluded EPIC management from completing the 'pack down' to enable the use of the grounds for the Rally after the conclusion of the National Folk Festival

What costs have been incurred by the Government in using Acton Park for the service point during this year's Rally of Canberra. How does this cost compare with the cost of using Exhibition Park as the service point.

Exact figures are being finalised. The decision to use Acton Park was made because of the promotional value of staging the event in a prominent location, raising the awareness and profile of the event. Preliminary costings for EPIC were more than that for Acton Park and did not offer the promotional value or proximity to Rydges Lakeside, headquarters of the Rally.

Housing-maintenance

(Question No 699)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to public housing and further to your reply to part (2) of Question on notice no 523 in which you failed to provide the number of maintenance requests currently before ACT Housing, instead giving an average annual figure. Could you please answer the question of how many maintenance requests are currently before ACT Housing.

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

No. The data available indicates works raised but not requests which may have been rejected or included in future programmed works.

Disabled persons-services

(Question No 700)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to funding for disability services:

As part of the Government's commitment in 2001 it promised to spend $500,000 on service providers to enable them to maintain high quality services and to support training, has this commitment been met. If so where in the Budget was this funded from. Please provide supporting documentation detailing how the commitment has been met. If the commitment has not been met, please explain why;


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