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Answers to questions

Canberra Stadium
(Question No 82)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Tourism and Events, upon notice, on 19 March 2013:

(1) Where is the Government at with regards to its plans to redevelop Canberra Stadium.

(2) Does the annual report, on page 140, note that “... any future redevelopment of the existing Canberra Stadium would need to be a rebuild”; if so, why does it need to be a complete rebuild.

(3) Where is the Government at with its initiative to seek a naming rights sponsor for Canberra Stadium.

(4) How long has the Government been looking for a sponsor.

(5) What is the Government offering prospective sponsors.

(6) Who has the Government approached.

(7) Where is the Government at regarding its negotiations with the Australian Sports Commission regarding long-term ownership arrangements for Canberra Stadium.

(8) Were 500 local residents letterboxed regarding traffic arrangements for scheduled football games; if so, what feedback has the Government received with regards to traffic arrangements for sports events at Canberra Stadium.

(9) What will the Government be doing to address these issues and how much did this initiative cost.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Economic Development Directorate (EDD) is undertaking an engineering feasibility and urban design study investigating the linking of the City to Lake Burley Griffin. This study includes consideration of the Australia Forum, the options for the existing Convention Centre site and options for locating a sports stadium in this part of the city. Co-location benefits of integrating a stadium with convention facilities and accommodation will also be investigated.

(2) Infrastructure analysis undertaken as part of the Canberra Stadium Master Plan in 2009 showed that it would be more cost effective to replace the stadium rather than to redevelop the current stadium. Conservative estimates are that it would cost nearly $79m (estimated in 2011 dollars) to bring the stadium up to modest current standards and nearly $111m (estimated in 2011 dollars) to make it comparable to competitors in other cities. In any event, continuing to upgrade the existing facility would not extend the useful economic and base infrastructure life of the stadium.

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