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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5314..


(l) How many expressions of interests have been received for the National Convention Centre project;

(2) Why was the advertisement for expressions of interest two months behind schedule (in a press statement on 14 July, titled 'Government to seek proposals to develop a state of the art convention centre' you stated expressions of interests would be called for next month);

(3) $200 000 was set aside in the 2002-03 Budget for conventions facilities feasibility study. Why was this project revised down to $82 000 as indicated in the 2002-03 Capital Works Progress Report;

(4) Of the revised amount of $82 000 only $22 000 was spent, $19 000 of that in the last quarter. What was the $3 000 spent on in the September quarter and what was the $22 000 spent on in the final quarter;

(5) What will happen to the outstanding authorisation of $178 000, ie will it be used to complete this project in the current financial year or will it be used for a different project altogether.

Mr Quinlan

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

(1) The Invitation for Expressions of Interest closes at 2pm (Canberra time) on Thursday, 18 December 2003.

(2) The Government is committed to facilitate a project that will be a landmark for the Territory and provide considerable value to its community. The complexity of the procurement process for the project delayed the release of the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. In addition, I have previously acknowledged that the project has been influenced by the resource impacts of the response to the January bushfires.

(3) $200 000 was allocated in the 2002-03 Budget to undertake preliminary feasibility studies on the need for upgraded convention facilities in the ACT. $22 000 was allocated to consultancies assessing the options available to upgrade Canberra's convention facilities. Additional work was delayed pending agreement to the next steps of the project.

(4) $23 146.58 was spent on the project in 2002-03. Of this $2,532.58 was spent on follow up work in connection with a consultancy investigating the proposal to expand the National Convention Centre. $20,614 was spent on a consultancy by Access Economics.

(5) The unspent funds are being allocated to the project in the current financial year.

Floriade

(Question No 1088)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 19 November 2003.

1. Where is the government up to in finalising a permanent site for Floriade


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