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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1825 ..

Centenary of Federation Monument

(Question No 531)

Mr Stefaniak

asked the Minister for Arts and Heritage, upon notice:

In relation to the Centenary of Federation Monument

Can the Minister advise where works are up to with this project;

As at 31 December 2002 no monies had been spent on this project, have any funds been expended on this project between 31 December 2002 and 31 March 2003, if so, how much and can a breakdown of costs and works details be provided;

Is this project still on track for completion by the end of June 2003 as scheduled?

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

The Centenary of Federation Monument was to be incorporated into the redevelopment of the southern end of Northbourne Ave below City Hill. In September 2001, Planning and Land Management conducted an urban-design competition to consider the development and opportunities to improve the central precinct in Civic. The issues that were considered included access to the City and the traffic on Northbourne Ave. This competition highlighted the complexity of the planning issues in relation to the redevelopment of this area and that without a comprehensive strategy for the City it was considered premature to proceed with any redevelopment. Commissioning of the monument was therefore deferred.

There has been no expenditure on the project.

Given the answer to (1), there is now significant doubt about the future of this project.

Honour Walk

(Question No 532)

Mr Stefaniak

asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the Honour Walk:

The December Quarterly Capital Works Progress Report shows $24,000 outstanding authorisation for the Honour Walk. Has this project been completed;

If so, where will the $24,000 be reallocated, if not, would the government consider putting these funds towards continuing the Honour Walk, this time in recognition of the ACT Brumbies and the Canberra Capitals;

Has there been any discussion about funding for an extension of the Honour Walk for other successful sporting teams.

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