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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5315 ..

2. $11 000 has been spent in prior years to find a permanent site for Floriade. What has been delivered for the expenditure of the $11 000 in this instance

3. There is $74 000 remaining in the capital works budget for this project, which had a completion date of June 2003. Will this $74 000 be spent on finding a permanent site for Floriade. If so, when will the funds be spent and what work will be undertaken, if not, will these funds remain with tourism or will they go back into the pool of whole of government capital works funds

Mr Quinlan

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

1. Following the announcement by the Chief Minister that the Commonwealth Park was the preferred site for Floriade, Australian Capital Tourism (ACTC) and the National Capital Authority (NCA), as administrator of the Park have met to progress planning of the development of the site over a period of five years.

In progress are the first stages of establishing a permanent site including:

Discussions on a suitable management structure for the permanent site to ensure that both Commonwealth and ACT Governments have an appropriate level of input into the decision making process during the development period and on an ongoing basis have commenced.

Concept drawings for the site have been commissioned.

Probable costs to determine the budget that will be required to establish a permanent site over a proposed five year period have been commissioned.

The development of a comprehensive business case by Australian Capital Tourism is expected to be provided to Government early in 2004. The business case will report on the outcome of the studies.

2. It was reported previously by the Government that the sum of $11,000 has been spent on permanent site development. After further analysis, a decision was made to 'expense' the transaction of $11,000 as non capital expenditure, thus leaving the original sum of $85,000 intact. Therefore the full sum of $85,000 has remained available for expenditure for capital works for a permanent site.

3. The Government is committed to a permanent site in Commonwealth Park and as such the funding will remain with this project. Approximately, $15,000 has been committed for the development of the concept designs and the opinion of probable costs. It is planned that the balance of the funds (approximately $70,000) will be used for the next stage of development.

Tourism-visitor numbers

(Question No 1090)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 19 November 2003:

In relation to visitors to Canberra:

1. What is the total number of visitors that have passed through the Canberra Region Visitors Centre so far this financial year, to the current day

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