Page 625 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 22 February 2012

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MR BARR: I am advised the answer is yes, Mr Speaker.

Sport—Lyneham sports precinct

MR HANSON: Minister, what impact has the discovery of asbestos at the Lyneham sports precinct had on cost and completion? When will the new facility be fully operational?

MR BARR: Some impact, Mr Speaker, and the final report from Robson Environmental is with the environmental auditor. I will have further information in due course.

MR HANSON: Minister, what strategies have been put in place to identify and remove other possible asbestos sites in other local sports areas?

MR BARR: Bonded asbestos that is not disturbed is safe.

Tourism—autumn events

MR COE: Minister, the ACT government initiated the major events strategy or the blockbuster fund in the 2011 ACT budget. Minister, how much of the $1 million allocated to this strategy in 2011-12 has been utilised? What are the events on which these funds have been used?

MR BARR: $850,000; the Renaissance exhibition and the Handwritten exhibition at the National Gallery and National Library respectively.

MR COE: Minister, how much of the $1 million that has been budgeted for this strategy for 2012-13 has been identified for future events? If none has been allocated, why not?

MR BARR: Applications are currently open and one has currently been received. There is still the possibility for more and announcements will be made in due course.

Tourism—autumn events

MR SMYTH: Minister, when you were attempting to determine a concept for your ill-fated new major annual autumn event, you told the consulting firm Ernst & Young that once an event had been selected, it would be given hallmark status. What are the characteristics which are required for an event to be determined as having hallmark status?

MR BARR: An event that increases the profile of the ACT nationally and internationally. Generally the term “hallmark” is one that engages the wider community. It becomes a feature of our annual event calendar and drives social and economic benefits to the territory.

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