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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2103 Week 13 Hansard (29 October) . . Page.. 3914..


Mr Wall: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MS BURCH: and I look forward—

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order.

MS BURCH: to those applications in round 2.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order!

Mr Wall: I have a point of order on relevance, Madam Speaker. The question was quite simple. It was asking how many have been given to individuals that are currently not receiving grants. If the minister cannot answer the question, would she take it on notice?

Ms Burch: I have answered the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Actually, Minister Burch, I would like to make the point again that when I call attention to a point of order, the convention and form is that the person speaking ceases speaking immediately and sits down. But if you say you have finished answering the question, you have finished answering the question. But in future, could you sit down when the point of order is taken.

Heritage—grants

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, last month a number of heritage grants were announced. Can you tell the Assembly about this program and the successful projects?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. I was delighted earlier this month to join with successful recipients of the latest round of the ACT heritage grants program. This year 28 applications were received from across our community. This saw 14 projects successful and receiving funding. A total of $329,000 worth of expenditure was allocated to support a broad range of projects.

The event at which I announced the successful funding was held at the Canberra Railway Museum in Kingston, a fantastic local institution operated by the ACT division of the Australian Historical Railway Society. The museum, of course, is home to a range of very important pieces of equipment that depict early and indeed later railway heritage and operations here in the ACT.

The society were successful with three separate projects. They were successful in receiving $2,000 to help restore three original marble benchtops in the washrooms of their Pullman sleeping car, a very important and relatively rare piece of railway heritage. They were also provided with just under $10,000 to provide safe viewing access for the public to the driving cabin of the heritage registered locomotive 1210, first train to arrive in Canberra, in 1914. Just under $12,000 was also allocated to the society to upgrade its photographic and artefact displays at the adjacent museum


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