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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 7 October 2021) . . Page.. 2888 ..

Ms Lawder: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, resume your seat, please.

Ms Lawder: Whilst I am enjoying the description, the question was: how much will be spent in total on the planning for the build? The minister has failed to answer that to this point.

MS CHEYNE: To answer Ms Lawder’s question, the site investigations and the planning work inform the business case. The business case considers the range of delivery models and commercial opportunities that are going to be within the urban renewal context of the Canberra Theatre Centre and the broader precinct. That includes CMAG. There is still a bit of time to go, but we are going to get this right so that it is the best it can be.

MS LAWDER: Minister, will a new Canberra theatre be completed for the ACT arts expo scheduled to occur in 2023-24?

MS CHEYNE: First of all, artsACT describe it as being likely in 2023-24. Major Events at this time still do not know what the future is exactly going to look like, but we are committed to holding a major ACT arts expo. The Canberra Theatre Centre is central to that, as is the broader precinct. Activating the broader precinct in a range of ways is something that the budget also reflects, including the significant investment in project and capital funding for CMAG to really enliven the precinct.

Mrs Jones: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, resume your seat.

Mrs Jones: My point of order is on relevance. The minister has outlined lots of things, but, on relevance, will it be completed by the 2023-24 expo? Assuming it goes ahead, will it be completed? There has been no answer there.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister still has over a minute to answer.

MS CHEYNE: As I mentioned, there still is a way to go in terms of the site investigations and planning, and then the business case, but I hope that by the end of this term of government things will be well progressed with the Canberra Theatre Centre.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, can you confirm that the new Canberra theatre will be completed by 2028, the election after the next?

MS CHEYNE: It is all subject to the planning work that we are proudly investing in, because we are going to deliver the Canberra Theatre Centre. It is one of our major infrastructure projects, just like the Canberra Hospital and light rail; it is a jewel in our infrastructure projects, and we look forward to delivering it.

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