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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 211..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

indication of the level of community engagement with its facilities. I draw attention to some of those highlights.

The Studio One Print Collection exhibition, featuring 50 prints from the Canberra Museum and Gallery, was on display in Nara for 12 days in September. The exhibition was a great success, attracting just over 2,000 visitors over the 12-day period. Canberra Museum and Gallery's popular education programs continue to attract large numbers of children with programs including: Collage; Hot Off the Press; Bread and Butter; Old McDonald's Farm; CMAG on Sunday; and What do Artists Make? I opened the exhibition Illuminations on 12 August, a collection of paintings based on Rimbaud's poetry. The Nolan Gallery's education officer has undertaken preliminary research into a worthwhile youth offender program with the intention of developing a flagship program for the Nolan Gallery.

More than 450 people attended Lanyon's annual event Woolfest on 24 September. Woolfest celebrates the Australian wool industry and activities including sheepdog trials, sheep shearing, wool classing et cetera. Over 800 students participated in Lanyon by Starlight, a program targeted to interstate and international visitors, including large audiences from the people to people program. In August 2006, Calthorpes' House presented an education program, Dawn's Surprise, in collaboration with Blundell's Cottage and St John's schoolhouse. The collaborative program, City and Country, conducted at Calthorpes' House and Mugga Mugga continued to attract large numbers of children.

During the quarter, the Canberra Theatre Centre attracted 80,000 patrons to its three venues. The final five 2006 subscription season productions were presented during the quarter-Sydney Dance Company's Underland, Andrew McKinnon's Porgy and Bess, Bell Shakespeare's The Tempest, Expressions Dance Company's The 5th Door, and Queensland Theatre Company's Away. A Playtime Theatre Treats production for children and families, Who Sank the Boat?, was presented during the quarter and attracted 2,900 patrons, 1,700 of whom were children.

While the first quarter of 2006-07 highlighted that the construction of the new Civic Library and Canberra Theatre Centre link was approaching completion, it was a great pleasure to open the complex in December 2006. Though I regret that it has just been quite severely damaged by the storm, the new complex will significantly enhance the amenities for patrons attending the Canberra Theatre and provide an excellent long-awaited permanent place for the Civic Library.

Also in December 2006 I had the added pleasure of opening the new public artwork for the complex, known as Fractal Weave, by local artist David Jensz. As members can see, the corporation provides many arts and cultural activities for all Canberrans and I am pleased to table the report today.

ACT Health-annual report 2005-06

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo-Minister for Health, Minister for Disability and Community Services and Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following paper:


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