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The true cost of Canberra's light rail launch activities has been revealed - and at almost half a million dollars, it's significantly higher than we first thought.
In March, the government signed a $107,181.45 contract with Kicks Entertainment to coordinate the launch event on a Saturday.
Light rail opening day celebrations cost almost half a million dollars. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong
The contract required Kicks Entertainment to manage queues and co-ordinate traffic and crowd management around the light rail stops.
An ACT government spokeswoman described the event as a "thank you to the Canberra community".
But the total launch event cost $446,000, government officials revealed during ACT estimates on Friday.
That included $292,000 for traffic management and security along the route and at events, and $154,000 for entertainment.
Transport Canberra's Ed O'Daly said the traffic management and security was essential for safety on the day, due to the public interest in the launch.
"On top of that there was a modest celebratory event that we did at the same time," he said.
This article first appeared on www.canberratimes.com.au
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