Page 1350 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 April 2013
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.
DR BOURKE: Minister, what are the next steps for this project to progress?
MR BARR: We have been working with a range of stakeholder groups, as part of the project reference group, who have provided essential input into the early phases of the project. This reference group includes the Canberra Business Council; the National Convention Centre and Canberra Convention Bureau; Canberra CBD Ltd; important national partners such as the National Museum of Australia and the Australian National University; the Property Council of the ACT; a range of key professional institutes; the National Trust; the Lake User Group; and the Heart Foundation. I am pleased that the Griffin Society has also been involved in an expert design review process involving the ACT Government Architect and other nationally recognised design professionals.
The project has now been launched for eight weeks of public consultation, as part of consultation on the city strategic plan. The government is committed to full community consultation on this plan. There are a range of free public seminars that are being held during this month, and a project display is open to the public, and will continue to be until 21 May. The Chief Minister has announced this morning that a marquee will be available in Garema Place between 8 am and 6 pm until 13 April, providing another opportunity for people to look at the project and to provide feedback. Feedback can also be provided online at timetotalk.act.gov.au or by completing a survey in person at the project display.
There will be several focus discussions and road shows with different groups in the community in the months ahead. Community consultations will continue through the life of the project, and the views of the community will be sought on a regular basis.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Minister, what is the timetable for the delivery of a new convention facility within this city to lake project?
MR BARR: That will be dependent on a number of factors, most particularly private investment in the facility and any potential investment from the federal government.
ACTEW Corporation Ltd—managing director
MR SESELJA: My question is to the Chief Minister as a shareholder in ACTEW. Chief Minister, have you yourself or the Deputy Chief Minister received a copy of the consultant’s advice regarding the salary level of the managing director of ACTEW? If so, what other positions and organisations were used to benchmark his salary and why were they used as a comparison? If you have not received it, why not?
MS GALLAGHER: Yes, we have received copies of the documentation that the shareholders requested in some of our correspondence with ACTEW. We are working through the detail of that. There is a number of reports that have been provided. I