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Australian Government Invests In The National Capital

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MEDIA RELEASE

Senator The Hon Ian Campbell
Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads
Manager of Government Business in the Senate

 

TRS15/Budget 11 May 2004

The Australian Government will spend an extra $8 million over the next four years to upgrade the central areas of Canberra.

The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Ian Campbell, said today the Government would spend a total of $29.3 million next financial year on the National Capital Authority, which is responsible for planning and managing Canberra’s nationally significant aspects.

"The Coalition Government is investing in Canberra’s role as the national capital," he said. "In contrast, Labor’s plan to slash the NCA’s budget by almost $12 million a year would turn Canberra into a dirty, unkempt national capital of shame."

Senator Campbell said the additional funding would enable the NCA to spend $1.5 million a year on new works, including:

  • resurfacing the Questacon carpark to improve the tourist coach and car parking facilities adjacent to the National Library of Australia, Questacon, Commonwealth Place and Reconciliation Place;

  • establishing ramp and stairway access from the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin to the southern abutment of the Kings Avenue Bridge; and

  • constructing self-cleaning public toilets in Anzac Parade and similar toilet facilities and picnic shelters in the public areas around Parliament House and Commonwealth Park to meet the needs of the increasing number of visitors and school children to the national capital.

Senator Campbell said the funding would also enable the NCA to spend an extra $500,000 a year on maintaining the national capital’s memorials and artworks. The funding will be redirected from its promotional activities.

"The NCA’s maintenance budget was last set in 1999, but its responsibilities have grown steadily with the new memorials on Anzac Parade and the construction of Commonwealth Place and Reconciliation Place," he said.

"These areas commemorate great achievements, great tragedies and the most important events in our common story. They must be kept in immaculate condition."

"The NCA developed a successful agreement with the National Australia Day Council to stage the National Australia Day Awards and the Celebrate! Australia Day concert. It is now considering new partnership opportunities to help promote Canberra as the national capital," Senator Campbell said.

Media contacts:

Wayne Grant (Senator Campbell’s Office) 02 6277 7060 / 0407 845 280