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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 30 March 2017) . . Page.. 1350 ..

the nation’s capital”. What advice did the Heritage Council provide to the government before the government decided to sell the naming rights of Manuka Oval?

MR BARR: Manuka Oval in fact is my responsibility under territory venues and events. The government has not sold the naming rights to Manuka Oval. Manuka Oval is still Manuka Oval. Under the hiring agreement with the Giants, they are able, for the purposes of match-day sponsorship, to sell the naming rights. This has happened before. It was called StarTrack oval. The Australia Post parcel delivery agency, StarTrack, sponsored the oval. The naming rights for the oval are sold during the AFL season as part of the Giants’ hiring agreement.

Mr Doszpot: Why can’t the Raiders and the Brumbies do that?

MR BARR: I should not respond to the interjection, but the member might be aware that Canberra stadium is sponsored by GIO.

MR MILLIGAN: Chief Minister, what advice did you seek from the Heritage Council as to whether changing the name of Manuka Oval would affect its heritage value?

MR BARR: Manuka Oval’s name has not changed, so no advice was necessary.

MS LEE: Chief Minister, what consultation did you take with local residents before deciding to sell the naming rights during those games?

MR BARR: This was contained within the agreement for the AFL to play at Manuka Oval. That dates back about seven years now. As I said, this is not the first time. It was called StarTrack oval under the previous match day sponsorship arrangement. For the cricket season there are different arrangements. The venue is hired as a clean stadium for hirers. They are able, under those commercial arrangements, to have match day sponsors, just as the Raiders and the Brumbies have match day sponsors for matches played at GIO Stadium, which is otherwise known as Canberra stadium.

The government has the sponsorship contract in relation to Canberra stadium, but we revenue share with the Brumbies and the Raiders under their performance agreements, for which taxpayers pay millions of dollars each year to underwrite the Raiders and the Brumbies playing at Canberra stadium, a venue that has a much greater commercial return to hirers than Manuka Oval because of the paucity of commercial facilities at Manuka.

Arts—Kingston arts precinct

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the minister for the arts. Minister, artsACT has been working with the Land Development Agency on the Kingston arts precinct. Which organisation will artsACT be working with on the Kingston arts precinct after 1 July this year?

MR RAMSAY: I thank the member for her question. Certainly there has been a range of conversations in relation to the Kingston arts precinct, and there has been a range

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