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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 16 August 2018) . . Page.. 3087 ..

MS FITZHARRIS: As members know, a new streetlight contract has been in operation for a few months now. Mr Parton could probably look on the fix my street appropriate, the great new app that allows people to look where jobs have been logged and how they are being completed.

To clarify Mr Parton’s question, he asked about bulb replacement on a streetlight. Often if a streetlight is out it may not be related to the bulb; it may, in fact, be related to something happening underground. We are working with TCCS and the new streetlight operator to better inform the community.

When a streetlight goes out, yes, the three-day time frame will be met if it is a faulty bulb. That is a simple thing to do. The target being met for a streetlight bulb is actually very high—

Ms Lawder: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, minister. A point of order.

Ms Lawder: The first part of the question asked about the backlog of unfixed streetlights being rectified. The fix my street app lists by suburb. We are talking about the holistic streetlight backlog and whether it has now been rectified some months after the new contract started.

MADAM SPEAKER: I heard that the minister was talking about a new addition and enhancement to the site. Perhaps, in the time you have left, minister, you can go to that particular point.

MS FITZHARRIS: I was attempting to explain that Mr Parton’s question was perhaps misguided and that some of the backlog does not relate to three days for replacing the bulb; it relates to works underground in terms of fixing what can often be quite complex programs. I note that there are 77,000 streetlights in the ACT. I will take on notice the specific question about jobs to be attended to.

National Multicultural Festival—government support

MR STEEL: My question is to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Minister, how is the ACT government supporting multicultural communities to participate in next year’s National Multicultural Festival?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Steel for his question and his strong interest in the wellbeing of the multicultural community and in the festival. Although the festival is still six months away, preparations are well underway. Last week as part of these preparations I opened the participation (National Multicultural Festival) grant program for applications. This program provides targeted grants to support organisations to highlight and promote community participation, cultural diversity and inclusion at the National Multicultural Festival. A total of $85,000 is available through this funding round, with up to $8,000 available per organisation.

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