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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 (19 October) . . Page.. 3394..

Mr Barr

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

1. The redevelopment of the Mt Stromlo forest area is Stromlo Forest Park. The new park, which is based on a shared recreational use model, will have the following facilities:

    • An international class cross-country running circuit designed by Robert De Castella;
    • A world-class mountain bike venue including a circuit to accommodate the 24 hour event which has been designed by Glen Jacobs, the designer of the Sydney Olympic mountain bike course.
    • A criterium bike circuit which will also be used as a start/finish area for Canberra road races designed by former Olympian Stephen Hodge;
    • Equestrian facilities including improvement of existing trails; and
    • Shared -use facilities include an events pavilion building, a large staging area to accommodate spectators for national and international sporting events, parking areas, picnic grounds, and trail heads. It also includes a bushfire memorial.
    • Signage for these facilities.

2. To date the expenditure is approximately $6.2m.

3. The funding for Stromlo Forest Park consists of $6m appropriation and $2m insurance money, this includes funding ($0.5m) for trees.

4. Construction of the criterium is nearly completed and it is planned to open for public use in December 2006, after the Brindabella Challenge.

Construction is progressing well on the mountain bike tracks, equestrian tracks and events building which are planned to be open for public use by the end of January 2007.

Construction of the running track is nearly complete and there will be a 12 month period for the grass track to consolidate prior to opening in about October 2007.

It is anticipated that the criterium and mountain bike tracks will be available for the Brindabella Challenge in December 2006.

Downer business centre

(Question No 1304)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2006 (redirected to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) Who now manages the Downer Business Centre;

(2) When did the management last change hands;

(3) Did the Centre change its function or purpose at that time;

(4) What refurbishments or renovations were deemed necessary, and on what basis where those decisions made;

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