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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 3 May 2007) . . Page.. 995 ..

Possible stress on the pines arising from the 2006 drought conditions was addressed by postponing planting until April 2007 when the ground moisture is likely to have improved. The pines will be planted with shade protection, mulch and establishment irrigation to support healthy growth.

The ground has been prepared and fenced and the pines are planned for planting in April 2007.

See (1) above. It is expected that the management of the Arboretum may involve appropriate testing from time to time.

The information obtained to date is provided in (1) and (2) above. My Department does not have the clearance of the authors to release the documents at this stage, but the Department would be happy to provide a briefing on this matter and to provide other information about the Arboretum.

Celebrate in the Park—performers

(Question No 1473)

Dr Foskey asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 28 February 2007 (redirected to the Minister for Arts):

What are the contract prices, inclusive of GST, of (a) Rogue Traders, (b) Thirsty Merc and (c) Choirboys for “Celebrate in the Park” 2007;

What were the contract prices for all other musicians performing at “Celebrate in the Park” in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007;

What were the total budgets for hiring musicians in the years listed in part (2);

Has the amount of money allocated to hire Canberra bands for “Celebrate in the Park” increased or decreased in the period 2005-2007 (a) in actual dollars and (b) as a percentage of the total expenditure on musicians;

What is the process (a) by which headlining musicians are chosen, (b) by which supporting and local musicians are chosen and (c) of fee negotiation;

Does the Special Events unit (a) make use of the expertise of the ACT Cultural Council, artsACT, or MusicACT in choosing performers and (b) take value for money into consideration in choosing headlining acts;

What is the Special Events unit policy on supporting ACT musicians during “Celebrate in the Park”;

Does the Special Events unit consider the discrepancy between local and headlining performers’ fees reasonable and appropriate for a music event purporting to celebrate Canberra.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

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