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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . .

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National Multicultural Festival 2016—Results of the Spectator Survey.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS BERRY: I am proud to be able to table the 2016 National Multicultural Festival spectator satisfaction survey. The numbers in this survey speak for themselves: $12 million injected into the local economy and more than 280,000 people in the city centre who enjoyed a weekend of diverse food and great entertainment. In 2016 the spectator satisfaction survey found that 97 per cent of people were more likely to attend the event again next year, and 99 per cent of the attendees expressed that they would recommend the festival to a friend. Almost all of those who were surveyed were either satisfied or very satisfied with the overall event.

We have taken all of the more specific feedback and suggestions on board to ensure that this festival only continues to grow and to be more inclusive going into the future. Our humble festival which began with a few thousand people gathered for a weekend of celebrating cultural diversity two decades ago is now an event of global reach. This year's event attracted approximately 43,000 interstate and international visitors. I would like again to thank all of the 4,000 community volunteers, 2,500 performers and 463 stalls for making this a truly successful event in its 20th year. I commend the satisfaction survey to the assembly.

Estimates 2015-2016—Select Committee—recommendations 70 and 72

Paper and statement by minister

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability, Minister for Small Business and the Arts and Minister for Veterans and Seniors): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Estimates 2015-2016—Select Committee—Report—Appropriation Bill 2015-2016 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2015-2016—Recommendations 70 and 72—Out of Home Care Strategy 2015-2020—A Step Up for Our Kids—Update.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

DR BOURKE: Madam Assistant Speaker, as the Minister for Children and Young People I thank you for the opportunity to speak to the Assembly today. I am very pleased to be tabling an update on the implementation of a step up for our kids and, in doing so, respond to recommendations 70 and 72 of the 2015-16 estimates committee report. Launched on 22 January 2015 a step up for our kids is the government's five-year strategy to reform the out of home care system in the ACT. It is about

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