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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 2431..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

Council activity and processes are sound and that governance arrangements between council, committee and the service corporation are working well in fulfilling their respective functions. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Cultural Facilities Corporation

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 15 (2)—Cultural Facilities Corporation—Quarterly report 2006-2007 (1 January to 31 March 2007).

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: As members are aware, the Cultural Facilities Corporation delivers a range of arts and cultural programs and services for access by the ACT community at a number of key cultural venues. Under the Cultural Facilities Corporation Act 1997, the Cultural Facilities Corporation is required to provide quarterly reports on its activities and table these reports in the Assembly. I am now pleased to say that the corporation has completed its report for the third quarter of 2006-07, being the period from 1 January 2007 to 31 March 2007, and I present this report for members' information.

From the third quarter report for 2006-07, members can see that the corporation delivered a diverse range of programs and activities for the benefit of the ACT community through its theatres, galleries and historic places. Overall, 68,000 patrons attended the corporation's facilities—theatre, galleries and historic homes—during the quarter, which provides an indication of the level of community engagement in arts and cultural activities. I would like to draw attention to a number of key highlights from the report.

During the quarter, the Canberra Theatre Centre attracted over 37,000 patrons to its three venues. The first two productions in the 2007 subscription season of Keating! and A Local Man were presented during the quarter. After selling out the original season in January-February, Keating! returned. A representative from Arts Access Victoria attended the captioned performance of A Local Man with a view to introducing a similar initiative at the Victorian Arts Centre.

During the quarter, free tickets were distributed to disadvantaged groups, including Youth in the City, and to the ACT War Widows Guild. In addition, a number of tickets were distributed to the Migrant Resource Centre, the ACT Carers Association and the ANU School of Language Studies. During the quarter, the Canberra Museum and Gallery attracted over 7,000 patrons to its spaces and programs. CMAG opened

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