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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 8 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2455..


Canberra centenary—Skywhale (Question No 115)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 15 May 2013:

(1) Please list the respective roles of the crew on the Skywhale's maiden flight on 11 May 2013.

(2) Were all crew on the day employed by Global Ballooning.

(3) Were all crew on the day suitably licensed for their respective roles.

(4) Will this be the same crew for the duration of Global Ballooning's agreement with the Territory.

(5) What other commissioned ballooning work has Global Ballooning had referred to it or engaged by Events ACT.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Kiff Saunders (pilot), Steve Ireland (second pilot), John Sanderson (ground crew).

(2) Yes.

(3) Yes.

(4) This is a decision of Global Ballooning, and may vary depending on staff availability.

(5) Global Ballooning were engaged by Events ACT to provide ballooning related services to support the Spectacular by Night show involving trapeze artists suspended under balloons, presented at Enlighten through a collaboration between the trapeze artists and Global Ballooning, at a value of $9,800. Events ACT is part of the Economic Development Directorate.

Canberra centenary—Skywhale (Question No 116)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 15 May 2013:

(1) Why did the Government choose to seek tenders from five companies and not through an open tender process for the Skywhale procurement.

(2) What were the criteria used in selecting the five companies approached for the Skywhale procurement.

(3) When did the Government receive advice from the Government Solicitor that the balloon should not be owned by the Territory.

(4) What reason was provided.


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