Page 603 - Week 02 - Thursday, 24 March 2022

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The city illuminations, which we all enjoyed I think, were a new program element presented by City Renewal Authority. They featured the popular Ephemeral installation in Civic Square. The illuminations contributed significantly to expanding Enlighten’s offering and its footprint.

Initial reports show that the footfall across Civic on those Friday nights went up 70 per cent during the illuminations compared to usual activity. Canberra After Dark featured a range of Enlighten themed experiences and exclusive ticketed events such as art classes at Parliament House and new site-specific dance work ‘LESS’, presented by the Australian Dance Party at Dairy Road.

Seeing so many Canberrans come out to experience and enjoy Enlighten again was heartening and a reminder that our city is well on the way to recovering from the pandemic with energy and enthusiasm.

It is important to note that the Events ACT team and support teams across the ACT government did an outstanding job across Enlighten. They were up at 4.30 am almost every single day and often were there well into the evening—sometimes until 1 am—and they did so repeatedly with good cheer, the enthusiasm that was reflected in the community and sheer hard work.

And on behalf of the ACT government, I extend my thanks to them.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Events—Canberra Heritage Festival

MS VASSAROTTI: I want to make sure that Dr Paterson is aware of some of the events happening in the Murrumbidgee area. I want to let her know that there is a very exciting tour of Scrivener Dam, at Weston Creek. It is very exciting that we have a cultural tour happening at our newest park, Namarag. There is also a Canberra cultural walk. I understand that a couple of other members might be going on that, so it might be an opportunity for Murrumbidgee people to get together. I know that Dr Paterson enjoys getting on her bike. There is the Heritage Polaris, which will give you the opportunity to go all over Canberra and discover sites that you may not have known are heritage sites across our city.

Events—Canberra Day

Access Canberra—services

MS CHEYNE: My office has told me that I misspoke; there were 1,700 in attendance at Lights! Canberra! Action!, not 17,000. For clarity, I will give some further information about Access Canberra and its staffing levels, just to confirm that I did not misspeak another number.

Access Canberra has increased its contact centre workforce throughout the pandemic. That has included an additional 120 staff from across Access Canberra being trained and ready to answer calls. In addition to the existing call-taker workforce of 65 staff,

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