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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . .

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Party introduced entry fees for the event. That was an outstandingly popular decision, was it not?

Ms Berry: Was it your idea, Brendan?

MR BARR: It probably was Mr Smyth's idea.

This year we focused on four themed weeks, each one offering something new and different each week. This has encouraged repeat visitation. We have also continued to invest in NightFest, ensuring that additional resources are provided to Mandylights, the company that produces the lighting and colour effects for NightFest.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, how has Floriade demonstrated the best of Canberra to a broad audience?

MR BARR: An innovation this year was the establishment of the destination CBR marquee, which explored Canberra's local treasures and had a host of participative demonstrations, workshops and children's activities partnered around our key tourism themes—arts and culture, food and wine, family fun, and outdoor and adventure. It was very pleasing to see the partnership there between brand Canberra and the National Capital Attractions Association.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, what role has free wi-fi played in the success of this year's Floriade event?

MR BARR: There were 12,827 unique user connections, 48,601 unique sessions, average data usage of 41.49 megabytes, 1.4 million people saw Floriade-related posts on Facebook, and the Floriade Facebook fan base grew from 12,000 likes at the beginning of the event to 40,000 by the end. It is more likes than the entire Liberal opposition.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


MADAM SPEAKER: I present the following papers:

Standing order 191—Amendments to:

Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill 2013, dated 2 October 2014.

Major Events Bill 2014, dated 2 October 2014.

Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory—Office of the Legislative Assembly—Annual Report 2013-2014—Addendum.

The annual report was tabled in the Assembly on 25 September 2014. I apologise to members for the gap in the annual report.

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