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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . .

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MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Cody and acknowledge her interest in heritage across the ACT. I am pleased to inform the Assembly that applications are now open for the 2018-19 ACT heritage grants program. This round will provide $345,000 to identify and carry out projects that promote and conserve our local heritage.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR GENTLEMAN: Canberra has inherited rich cultural and natural heritage assets that reflect our history and community values.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR GENTLEMAN: The ACT government recognises the significance of conserving our heritage while also building a vibrant and sustainable city for the future.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

Ms Cody: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, can you resume your seat.

Ms Cody: It is very hard to hear Mr Gentleman's response with Mr Hanson interjecting all the time. Surely 117 states—

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you. I think it is just a general point about interjections and distractions in the chamber. Mr Hanson, I ask you to stop. Mr Gentleman, you have the floor again.

MR GENTLEMAN: As I was saying, the heritage grants program is an annual funding program administered by the ACT government to assist the community in working to conserve and promote the heritage of the ACT. Applications for the 2017-18 grant round are now open to individuals, community groups and incorporated non-profit or private organisations, and I strongly encourage those passionate about heritage and with an idea in mind to apply for the funding.

Heritage grants are a community partnership, essential in supporting a wide range of projects that promote our heritage places and objects. It is vital that we work together to recognise, protect, conserve and celebrate unique heritage for the ACT. Grant application packs are available from the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate website or can be requested by phone. Applications close on Friday, 11 May this year, with successful grant recipients to be announced in September.

People are often surprised to learn that the ACT is rich in natural and cultural heritage. There is a perception that, as a relatively young city, we cannot have many heritage places or objects. This is far from the case.

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