ACTCOSS have a made a submission to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism inquiry into a proposed new convention centre for Canberra. The submission suggests that priority for infrastructure projects of this kind should be determined according to the relative impact of investment on creation of secure jobs that pay a living wage. ACTCOSS has encouraged the committee to undertake a comparative analysis of the impacts of ACT Government investments in the new convention centre against investment in other critical infrastructure, including social services.
We have also emphasised that, as there would be heavy take up and usage of the centre by national agencies and the Commonwealth Government, these should be carefully considered in weighing up how much, if any, investment comes from the ACT Government as opposed to the Australian Government. In addition, we have emphasised the need for any new centre to be environmentally and socially sustainable including disability access.