Page 3292 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 19 October 2022

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of their life span, helping to enhance the visitor experience and preserve the heritage values of the Lanyon landscape.

The government’s ongoing investment in the CFC has placed it in a strong position to grow its audience and visitor numbers this coming year. Indeed, our targets this year for the CFC are approximately 40 per cent higher than the targets set for 2021-22. This budget provides significant investment in new projects and restorations, enabling the CFC to continue its outstanding work as a cultural leader and managing our cultural facilities. But, as has been flagged by our previous contributions to this debate, while “facilities” is in the name of the Cultural Facilities Corporation, the CFC is nothing without its people. I thank the many donors, sponsors and supporters—chief among them in this past year are Meredith Hinchliffe and Duncan Reeder. All of them are detailed at length in the past year’s annual report.

I thank the board, including the incoming and outgoing members, and especially acknowledge the contribution of Justice Richard Refshauge as outgoing chair, and Harriet Elvin as CEO, who retired last year. I thank the advisory committees, who work very hard to support the work across such important facilities. But, most importantly, I take the opportunity to thank all of the staff across the historic places, CMAG and the Canberra Theatre—full time, part time, casual and the many volunteers—and all those who support hospitality and enhance the experience at these venues: our cafe, catering and bar staff across CMAG, Lanyon and Canberra Theatre; the small but very effective teams that maintain the beautiful grounds and have replaced roofs at the historic places; the front-of-house, box office and patron staff at CMAG and the theatre, who ensure a seamless audience and presenter experience; and those who organise and run fascinating tours and volunteer their time at our historic places.

I thank the curators and programmers of exhibitions and shows, who ensure that there is something interesting and entertaining for all ages and interests; those who run the education, discovery, research, community and learning programs; the marketing and sales support, and all those who manage venue hire. Lanyon is becoming a very popular wedding destination.

I am grateful for the extensive technical expertise, which allows for first-class exhibitions and performances; the conservation management that ensures our collections, facilities and locations are maintained to a high standard; the corporate staff who keep everything running; and the leadership and directors who have been navigating such a difficult and exhausting few years through the pandemic and associated restrictions. The range of staff and roles and responsibilities is obviously extensive and that underlines the unique role that the CFC plays in, and offers to, our city. I thank them all for their expertise, efforts and invaluable contribution now and in the exciting few years ahead.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Icon Water Limited—Part 1.18.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (11.42): I look forward to speaking briefly about Icon Water, which we spoke about during the estimates hearings. During estimates, we had,

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