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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 (19 October) . . Page.. 3335..

MR STANHOPE: As members are aware, the Cultural Facilities Corporation delivers a range of arts and cultural programs and services for access by the ACT community at a number of venues. Under the Cultural Facilities Corporation Act 1997, the Cultural Facilities Corporation is required to provide quarterly reports on its activities and table these reports in the Assembly. I am pleased to say that the corporation has completed its report for the fourth quarter of 2005-06, being the period from 1 April 2006 to 30 June 2006.

From the fourth quarter report for 2005-06 members can see that the corporation delivered a diverse range of programs and activities for the benefit of the ACT community through its theatres, galleries and historic places. There are, however, some significant events that I will briefly highlight.

Progress continued on the construction of the new Civic Library and Link project, and it is anticipated that these projects will be completed in the next week or so. I was also pleased to announce the successful public artwork for the Civic Library and Link project, which will be a sculptural work entitled Fractal Weave by highly regarded Canberra region artist David Jensz. During the quarter, the Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Canberra Theatre received a Vision Australia Making a Difference award for supporting people who are blind or vision impaired.

During the quarter the Canberra Museum and Gallery also launched a new program, CMAG on Sunday, funded through the Health Promotion Grants Unit, formerly known as Healthpact. The Illuminations series, containing lesser-known works by Sydney Nolan held as part of the Nolan Collection, concluded a successful tour of the Latrobe Regional Gallery and the Moree Plains Gallery.

A total of 27,564 people visited the historic places during the quarter, many participating in educational and public programs. During the quarter 42,000 patrons attended the productions presented by the Canberra Theatre Centre at its three venues, the Canberra Theatre, the Playhouse and the Courtyard Studio. High profile productions included Bell Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and the Bangarra Dance Theatre's Clan. I am pleased to report that the corporation provided 72 social capital tickets to the value of $3,000 to a variety of community groups.

The corporation provides many arts and cultural activities for all Canberrans. I am pleased to table the report for the Assembly.

Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing—review of seniors clubs

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Disability and Community Services and Minister for Women): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Seniors Clubs—Review carried out by the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing, dated December 2005.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

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