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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1860 ..

What costs have been incurred by the Government in using Acton Park for the service point during this year's Rally of Canberra. How does this cost compare with the cost of using Exhibition Park as the service point.

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

How many people attended the 2003 Rally of Canberra and is this figure up or down on last year;

The official research figures have not been received yet and will not be finalised until June. Preliminary estimates indicate that attendance may be marginally down on last year. This could be attributed to the timing of the Rally (Easter and Anzac holiday weekends), the inclement weather, high attendance at the Raiders match and Possum Bourne's accident.

Has the Minister received any feedback, regarding the organisation of the Rally of Canberra, if so, what feedback has been received, if not, when do you expect to receive feedback.

Other than for the event report which details attendance, economic impact and other relevant event information, the only other formal feedback for the Rally is undertaken by the designated Federation Internationale de' Automobile (FIA) observer on the technical standards of the Rally. The report stated that the technical standards complied with FIA regulations. Anecdotal evidence and information from Rally participants suggest that the 2003 event was considered to be one of the best held in the world.

Why were the times that stages occurred in the forest areas and service times at Acton Park not listed in the bulk of literature (in the Canberra Times - only times for Fairbairn Park were advertised - and brochures) for Rally of Canberra;

The spectator brochure listed the viewing times and timings for each car on each day of the event. This information was supplied to the The Canberra Times. The Canberra Times has editorial license to publish information to suit the general public to enhance circulation of the newspaper. This year, the Super Special Stage was the focus of the media.

Who organises the actual timing of race stages and servicing (of vehicles) for the Rally of Canberra;

The Clerk of the Course.

Has the Minister received any complaints about the length of time between

stages and servicing (of the vehicles) - in some cases six hour gaps;

No complaints have been received.

Why were there no service points in the forest areas this year as has been in the past;

There were service points located this year at the Kowen Forest on Sunday. Service points on Saturday remained at Acton Park given the close proximity to the spectator point at Green Hills.

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