Page 466 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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Moving to part 2(b) of my motion, which relates to catering, queuing for food is always an issue at large events, but I am not sure that a crowd of 11,000 or less, as was the case at the Prime Minister’s XI, constitutes an unmanageably large crowd. At the first event, negative press after the game centred around parking and food stalls. They ran out of food, and beer hoses broke down. A week later and we had the same complaints, although, in fairness, I am not sure whether the food ran out but certainly the queues were long for both food and drink.

If we want to play in the big league, we need to need to bring our game up for these events. We have other major events coming up in Canberra—the Canberra show, the National Folk Festival and Summernats at EPIC. We have well-attended Brumbies and Raiders games at Canberra Stadium and we do not get the level of complaints after those games.

So I urge the government, before the next major game, which is one close to the heart of the Minister for Sport and Recreation, to develop better strategies for both food and parking.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (12.09): On behalf of the minister for sport, who is unable to be here at this time, I move:

In subparagraph (1)(d), omit all words after “take their cars to the game”, substitute:

“(1) (e) that the ACT Government has a Traffic and Parking Management Strategy in place to encourage drivers to park legally when attending matches at Manuka Oval;

(f) that there are over 7500 legal car parks within one kilometre of Manuka Oval;

(g) that the ACT Government does not condone road users parking illegally in the ACT;

(h) that free ACTION bus services were available for all ticket holders during the One Day International match;

(i) that, after some complaints about queues for food and drink at the Prime Minister’s XI match, Manuka Oval management increased the amount of catering at the One Day International by 25%;

(j) that, as part of planning work being completed for the Manuka Precinct, more catering options will be provided as Manuka Oval is further developed;

(k) the contribution of the ACT and Commonwealth Governments made in delivering the broadcast quality lights, enabling Manuka to host the Australian Cricket Team; and

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