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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3945..


(5) Refer to (4) above.

Land—native title

(Question No 1370)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 19 October 2006:

What is the difference between a territorial right as acquired by the Commonwealth and a proprietary right held in sovereignty by the indigenous Ngu(n)nawal people of the region.

Mr Stanhope

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

The United Kingdom acquired sovereignty over the Australian landmass by proclamation in 1788 and subsequently that sovereignty passed to the Commonwealth in 1901.

The ownership of the ACT is vested in the Commonwealth by virtue of section 125 of the Constitution. The ACT Government has received powers to manage and to grant and to dispose of interests in land under the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 (Cth).

To date there has been no determination that any native title rights have survived beyond that time in the area now known as the ACT.

Tourism—festivals

(Question No 1386)

Mr Mulcahy

asked the Minister for the Arts, upon notice, on 14 November 2006:

(1) Given that the document A Festival Strategy for the ACT, commissioned by Festivals ACT, reports that in 2001 there were 25 festivals and events in the ACT, how many festivals and events

(a) were held in the ACT throughout 2005-06, and

(b) are proposed to be held in the ACT throughout 2006-07

(2) What has been the attendance levels of all festivals and events that have been held

(a) in 2005-06 and

(b) to date in 2006-07

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) The Festivals Strategy for the ACT was progressed through the establishment of the ACT Festival Fund to support festivals that have strong community support.

a) Up to 35 events that could be described as festivals were held in the ACT during 2005-06. Sixteen of these events received funding through the ACT Festival Fund.

b) Approximately the same number of events are planned for 2006-07, 13 of which have received funding through the ACT Festival Fund.

(2) Many of the festivals and events in the ACT are free to the public and un-ticketed and it is therefore not possible to determine accurate attendance levels. However, all events have anecdotally reported strong growth in attendances and popularity.


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