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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 374..

(2) How much will the study into the Nolan Gallery's future, as reported on the ABC on 15 November 2003, cost and who will undertake the study?

(3) Is there any threat that the Nolan Gallery will be forced to close to the public?

(4) What support will the Government give the Nolan Gallery if the study finds new education and visitor facilities should be established?

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The total operating costs of the Nolan Gallery in 2002/2003 were $263,112. These costs were covered by: $186,975 in Commonwealth funding; $20,753 in revenue from admission fees, merchandise sales and charges for education and public programs; and $55,384 in ACT Government funding.

(2) As per Pg. 429 2003-2004 ACT Budget Paper No 4, an amount of $50,000 has been provided for a feasibility study into providing greater access to the Nolan Collection and developing an orientation centre at Lanyon. This amount includes $45,000 for consultant fees with the remainder being used to cover procurement expenses, advertising costs and other costs associated with the study. On 15 November 2003 the Cultural Facilities Corporation advertised in the local and national press, calling for proposals for a Project Management Consultancy to undertake the Nolan Gallery/Lanyon Feasibility Study . The successful applicant was Canberra-based firm APP Corporation P/L, and the study will commence early in 2004.

(3) No decisions regarding the Nolan Gallery will be made until completion of the study, currently aimed at 30 June 2004. The goal of the study is to achieve greater awareness, profile and visitation for the Nolan Collection which is of national and international significance. The study brief notes that the Corporation is seeking to at least double visitation to the collection over the next five years.

(4) If the study finds that new education and visitor facilities should be established, then the Government would consider support for these facilities in the context of the annual capital works program.

Schools-transportable amenities

(Question No 1142)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 27 November 2003:

In relation to the transportable amenity improvement program (TAIP):

(1) Why was TAIP revised down by $35 000 in the 2002-03 capital works program;

(2) What schools have missed out on improving the amenity of their transportables due to the expenditure being revised down;

(3) What schools benefited from the $65 000 spent last financial year and what works were undertaken as part of that expenditure.

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