Page 2444 - Week 08 - Thursday, 6 August 2015

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Questions without notice

Planning—Manuka precinct

MR HANSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, are you aware of the 2002 master plan for the Manuka Oval precinct; and if you are aware of it, what is the status of this plan?

MR BARR: The 2002 master plan has been superseded by the 2012-13 master plan.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Was this master plan or any of its content ever incorporated into the territory plan?

MR BARR: There may have been some elements of work conducted 15 years ago or thereabouts that were incorporated in the territory plan at that time. The work on the new master plan for Manuka Oval began in 2009, so some six years ago, and was the subject of considerable discussion—a number of community fora and interested stakeholders—particularly focused on users of the facility.

In recent times, as a result of co-funding from the commonwealth government, we have been able to install lights at Manuka Oval and undertake a series of upgrades to the facility that now see the venue able to host, for example, the Australian cricket team on a regular basis, together with regular AFL content. In recent times, just in the last few weeks, nearly 15,000 people attended a match, I think the second or third highest crowd ever in the history of Manuka Oval.

The upgrades to the venue in recent times have been very strongly supported by the community, and it is the government’s intention to continue to invest in Manuka Oval in order to improve amenity for spectators and ensure that Canberra continues to be able to host world-class cricket events and continues to be a major host of AFL football.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how was the 2002 redevelopment plan involving the building of a hotel on the Services Club site going to proceed, given it had a heritage listing at the time?

MR BARR: The range of issues associated with development in and around the Manuka Oval precinct were considered as part of the master planning exercise that took place particularly in the period 2009 to 2012-13.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, is it still the intention to build a hotel on the old Services Club site?

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