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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 8 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2458..


(4) Having been commissioned as a Centenary initiative, how will it continue to be associated with Canberra and the Centenary.

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

(1) The draft Centenary of Canberra program endorsed by Government in April 2010 described the commission of a hot air balloon from an artist, with Patricia Piccinini identified as the preferred artist. Creative conversations with Ms Piccinini and the scoping phase of the procurement process began in July 2011. Contract negotiations with Ms Piccinini began in December 2011 and the procurement process was approved by the Director-General at the same time.

(2) It was not completed in time for this to occur.

(3) The legal arrangement between the operator and the Territory ceases on 31 December 2013. All commitments to flights after 2013 are a matter for the artist and the operator to consider.

(4) Any tour of the Skywhale will recognise the Territory's investment in the project by acknowledging the Centenary of Canberra for any events, talks or presentations by a line credit on all promotional materials. All marketing and promotional material, including websites and social media developed for a tour by the operator or the artist will ensure there is a strong link to the Centenary of Canberra during 2013 and beyond. After 2013, any balloon flight material or presentation is required to include the following acknowledgement: "The Piccinini Hot Air Balloon is a Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the ACT Government".

Canberra centenary—Skywhale (Question No 119)

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

(1) What commercial terms will be entered into by Global Ballooning with parties interested in the display of Skywhale overseas.

(2) Will Canberra bear any of these costs.

(3) How will Canberra be associated with the Skywhale and its story when it tours.

(4) Who will represent Canberra's interests when the balloon tours.

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

(1) During 2013 any requests for its display will be negotiated with the Territory, in consultation with operator, the artist and the other parties. After 2013 any arrangements to fly the balloon will be the responsibility of the operator and the artist, and any flight material or presentations must include the acknowledgement: "The Piccinini Hot Air Balloon is a Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the ACT Government".

(2) No.


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