Page 2574 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 August 2015

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MR COE: would not Regatta Point be sub-optimal for such tourists?

MR BARR: Regatta Point is, of course, the home of the national capital exhibition and provides a fantastic vista over the central national area of our city. It is on the same road; Northbourne Avenue becomes Commonwealth Avenue, and a left-hand turn as one heads south would indeed provide easy access—

Members interjecting—


MR BARR: to such a facility. It is interesting that the opposition now appear to be taking a position that they do not support such a change. But the feedback from the tourism sector is that this would be a very good location for the visitor information centre, and it will also be much more convenient for those who arrive in our city via the airport, then may hire a car and be coming in from the east.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, has the lessee at Regatta Point been given notice to vacate, and will volunteers at the business centre, if it is at Regatta Point, be given free parking at the facility?

MR BARR: Those questions of detail are in advance of where the process is at this point.

Canberra—urban renewal

MS PORTER: My question is to the Chief Minister. Why is investment in urban renewal and practical suburban improvements a central focus of the 2015-16 budget?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for her question and for her ongoing advocacy of municipal improvements through the electorate of Ginninderra. There is no doubt that the focus of the 2015-16 budget is on Canberra’s suburbs and on delivering more mowing, more cleaning, more weeding and other maintenance across the city. That is why, together with a range of major urban renewal projects, the government has allocated—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR BARR: an additional $7.75 million for the more frequent mowing of 4,500 hectares of open space, for even greater efforts on weed control across our city, more regular and thorough maintenance of trees and shrubs throughout Canberra, more frequent cleaning of our lakes and ponds, and a more active graffiti prevention and clean-up program.

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