'It is a start': Chief Minister Andrew Barr welcomes $11.4m AIS Arena upgrade commitment

Karen Barlow
Jasper Lindell
By Karen Barlow, and Jasper Lindell
Updated April 11 2022 - 10:39pm, first published 9:48pm
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the AIS in November 2021; he has welcomed federal funding for an upgrade to the arena. Picture: Karleen Minney

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has welcomed a federal government commitment to upgrade the mothballed AIS Arena, but said the territory still wanted a broader discussion about the future of the precinct.


Karen Barlow

Karen Barlow

Chief Political Correspondent

Karen Barlow is ACM's Chief Political Correspondent. Working in the federal press gallery, she investigates and writes about federal politics and government. She has an interest in integrity, leadership and social equity. She has covered two Olympics and been to Antarctica twice. Contact her on

Jasper Lindell

Jasper Lindell

Assembly Reporter

Jasper Lindell joined the Times in 2018. He is a Legislative Assembly reporter, covering ACT politics and government. He also writes about development, heritage, local history, literature and the arts, as well as contributing to the Times' Panorama magazine on Saturdays. He was previously a Sunday Canberra Times reporter.

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