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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 641 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

briefed by Mr Corbell, and I met with him. It would seem quite redundant for both of us to be involved, so I am quite happy, thus far, with my involvement with Mr Corbell and his involvement with the AIS. Thank you for the question.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary, Mr Pratt?

MR PRATT: Yes, supplementary, please, Mr Speaker. How much will any accommodations for the AIS cost?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I will take the question as I am responsible for the direct discussions with the AIS, as Minister for Planning. These discussions are ongoing and no conclusion has yet been reached, and so I am unable to answer that question.

Gunghalin Drive extension

MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the minister for sport, Mr Quinlan. It concerns the proposed western route for the Gungahlin Drive extension through the AIS.

Mr Smyth: Do you want to ask him or do you want to ask Simon?

MR STEFANIAK: We will just see if he wants to take it. It is for Mr Quinlan at this stage, and we will just see what they do with it, Mr Smyth. Mr Quinlan, the route proposed by your colleague Mr Corbell, in addition to passing within 75 metres of the residences and child care facilities of the AIS, also passes directly between the athletics track and the back of the CIT. Being a four-lane highway, it will take up most of the car parking currently used by Canberra Stadium, the indoor arena at the AIS, and the athletics track.

What steps will your government take to ensure that there is adequate parking available to patrons of the Brumbies, the Raiders, the Cannons and the Capitals home games? Does this mean that there will have to be additional high-rise parking provided either at the western or eastern ends of the sporting precinct and, if so, what cost estimates have been received by the government for such additional expenditures, if indeed you have any?

MR QUINLAN: We haven't got that far down the track, I am afraid, Mr Stefaniak. However, I have, in the course of my involvement, taken a good look at the aerial map of Bruce. I recommend that you also take a look at just how much land there is there. I have actually been out to the AIS, and I have walked from the AIS through to Fern Hill Park and that designated area. There is a tremendous area there, and there is quite an amount of land at the north of the ground. If you want specifics about the planning of where the car park is going in all of that available space, you will have to ask planning. I think that is reasonable.

Mr Smyth: You have not done the work.

MR QUINLAN: No, I have not designed the car park.

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