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In relation to the City to the Lake Facilities, will the Minister list all studies, including date conducted and associated costs relating to the (a) 30 000+ seat rectangular stadium, (b) regional aquatic centre and urban beach and (c) Australia Forum - convention and exhibition centre.

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

The City to the Lake precinct was considered in a holistic way. The major facilities have been considered within this overall context and some have also been considered individually. As a result, the precinct study is included in this response. All amounts exclude GST.

Precinct studies

Linking City to the Lake – Urban Strategy (October 2013) - $1.22 million

(a) Stadium

A City Stadium is proposed within the above City to the Lake precinct strategy report.

(b) Aquatic Centre and urban beach

Canberra Olympic Pool Long Term Options Study (2011) - $180,000

The purpose of the study was to develop a conceptual plan for development of Canberra Olympic Pool and surrounding areas, providing a high quality aquatic leisure centre with complementary development. The scheme was initiated with the expectation that redevelopment of the pool would occur on site, with no consideration at that time to relocate. The stadium proposal for the site only emerged as a possibility when the study was in its final stages. The study will provide important input towards the potential inclusions in the new West Basin facility.

(c) Australia Forum

In 2009-10, the Government matched private sector funding of $250,000 to undertake a scoping study for a new convention centre for the ACT, badged as the Australia Forum. The study was publicly released in April 2011.

The Government conducted a workshop on 19-20 September 2013 with industry experts and key stakeholders including Canberra Business Council and Canberra Convention Bureau. The workshop reviewed and confirmed the functional requirements for the Australia Forum, and reached a consensus view that the City Hill site will accommodate the functional brief and can achieve an iconic outcome. Broad requirements were identified as required to bring the project to investment ready, including options for funding and delivery. The cost of the workshop and summary report was some $76,000.

Motor vehicles—electric vehicle concessions
(Question No 159)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, upon notice, on 24 October 2013 (redirected to the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development):

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