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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (9 March) . .

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MR SMYTH: If the rates on the property are up to date.

MR BARR: Rates specifically are the responsibility of the Revenue Office. In terms of cross-government information sharing, where that does not breach privacy, that is able to occur.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, what avenues do constituents have to pursue the cleaning up of properties which they believe are a health or safety risk in their suburb?

MR BARR: They can formally lodge complaints. There is a formal process where constituents can, as individuals, lodge complaints direct to government. Of course many avail themselves of the opportunity to contact their elected representatives, who make representations on their behalf.


MR HINDER: My question is to the minister for the arts. Minister, can you inform the Assembly about the range of assistance provided by the ACT government to local artists—like my son—and the arts?

DR BOURKE: I thank Mr Hinder for his question. The ACT government is committed to facilitating the development of a diverse and dynamic Canberra arts sector, valued locally, nationally and globally. The ACT government provides significant support for the arts in our community. This support is provided across the portfolios, including Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development, ACT Health, education and training, as well as Municipal Services. I am going to focus on the support provided by artsACT and the Cultural Facilities Corporation.

The Cultural Facilities Corporation is responsible for the Canberra Theatre Centre, the Canberra Museum and Gallery, the Nolan Collection at CMAG, and the Lanyon, Calthorpes and Mugga Mugga historic places. The corporation's support covers the performing arts, visual arts, social history and cultural heritage management. The organisation delivers a range of arts and cultural services to the ACT community through theatre presentations, exhibitions and education and community programs, as well as conserving and presenting significant aspects of the ACT's cultural heritage. Many local artists and arts organisations are included in these programs and benefit from these activities, particularly in presenting and promoting their valuable work and being seen by the over 400,000 patrons that visit the corporation's programs every year.

artsACT manages the artsACT fund and a range of other arts development and funding initiatives for the benefit of individual artists, arts groups, community groups and arts organisations across a range of art forms. The ACT arts fund is the most important and direct way ACT artists and arts organisations are supported by the ACT government.

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