Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1470..
(3) If the funding was less, why, if more by how much more in comparison to what was allocated for Canberra Day 2002 and why;
(4) Were there any concerns in regards to public liability insurance for the Balloon Fiesta, if so, can details be provided.
(5) Does the government have a commitment that the Balloon Fiesta will be back for Canberra Day 2004.
Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:
(1) A total of $57,000 was provided to Canberra Balloon Fiesta Inc by the ACT Government to present the 2003 event. The organisation received $18,000 through the 2003 ACT Festival Fund, $22,000 through Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation's (CTEC) Event Assistance Program and an additional $17,000 of unexpended grant monies received from the Festival Fund and CTEC for the 2002 event, still held by the organisation, and approved for use for the 2003 event.
(2) $60,000 was allocated in 2002, with only $43,000 expended. The remaining $17,000 was rolled over and included in the $57,000 allocation for the 2003 event. The total allocation for the 2003 event was therefore similar to 2002.
(3) It is $3,000 less because $17,000 was rolled over from the previous year.
(4) Whilst the organisers successfully secured public liability insurance they did experience increased premium costs from $8,000 to $20,000.
(5) No commitment has been made at this time.
(Question No 548)
Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Arts and Heritage, upon notice:
In relation to the Canberra Day Festivities:
In previous years ACT Alive has been held as part of the Canberra Day celebrations. It is my understanding that this event was not held as part of the Canberra Day celebrations this year, if so, why was the event not held and did it have anything to do with public liability insurance.
Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is:
The decision not to include ACT Alive in the Canberra Day celebration was not related to public liability insurance. This year celebrations were focused on supporting community based and managed activities under the banner of 'Celebrate Canberra'.