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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 April 2021) . . Page.. 968 ..


MS CHEYNE: Another exciting addition is the announcement of New Territory, a new program which supports the development and presentation of original performance works from ACT artists. In the first year Canberra Theatre will be inviting up to three teams of artists into the building, offering rent-free use of space, providing full artist fees and giving access to the expertise of theatre staff in a series of residencies designed to show the region and the rest of the country just what is possible in the ACT.

Mr Barr: Madam Speaker, further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Public housing—disruptive behaviour

MS VASSAROTTI: I want to confirm the number of formal visits I have had to public housing. I have checked my diary and there have been four formal visits to public housing complexes over the period. In addition, I have met with tenants in the Assembly as well as attending, just last week with Minister Berry, the Tenants Consultancy Group. It is a great delight to be out in the community getting to speak to tenants on a regular basis.

Housing ACT—vacant property

MS BERRY: Madam Speaker, with your leave, I ask Mr Parton whether details on vacant properties as of 6 April is satisfactory?

Mr Parton: Yes.

MS BERRY: As of 6 April, 117 properties, as I said, had been identified for sale or redevelopment; 224 were undergoing maintenance, repair and improvements; and 65 were ready to be allocated. We are going through that process of showing tenants and signing leases et cetera.

I also can provide some information to the chamber on Lowanna. There were multiple parties that the ACT government initiated proceedings against in relation to the development at Lowanna Street. Through mediation, the asset certifiers of the development were required to pay $525,000 and the building engineer was required to pay $45,000 to the ACT government. Proceedings with Bellerive Pty Ltd were unable to be completed, with the party becoming insolvent prior to any settlement or agreement being reached.

Arts—funding

MS CHEYNE: In response to Ms Clay’s question about direct funding to artists, Arts Activities funding is the primary direct support provided by the ACT government to artists, with the total allocation for Arts Activities and the Screen Arts Fund being just over $1 million dollars this financial year. Artists have also been supported through


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