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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 November 2021) . . Page.. 3496 ..

is supported by a small team in CSD that has deep relationships with our multicultural communities, organisations and showcase leaders. This is a team that also has experience in delivering the National Multicultural Festival. The Events ACT team has its own full calendar of events and had continued with the work on that.

MRS KIKKERT: How many cultural groups were involved in the 2020 festival, when it was last held and how many of these groups will be given the chance to fundraise via our other territory government events in 2022?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Mrs Kikkert for the supplementary question. I will take on notice the exact number of organisations and communities that were part of the 2020 festival, but I am pleased to tell Mrs Kikkert and the chamber that we are looking forward to supporting as many multicultural community groups and organisations as we can—both with our existing calendar of events, first with Australia Day and then Canberra Day, and we are also starting to look at opportunities within Enlighten. We have agreement that applicants for the National Multicultural Festival grants, which were applied for earlier this year, if they are eligible and successful, can use them to support their participation in the existing Events ACT calendar of events or with their own activities or fund-raising opportunities that they might like to pursue.

MRS JONES: Minister, will the 2023 festival go ahead as has been the regular practice for 25 years?

MS CHEYNE: It is difficult to know what Mrs Jones might mean by “regular practice”, but we are committed to having a celebration that is fitting of a 25th anniversary. We do want to do this properly. That is what the multicultural communities have told us, as well. Understand that it takes time to have a celebration that is fitting of the 25th anniversary. We do appreciate—and I think members are aware—that there are some challenges regarding the footprint, particularly due to some of the changes that have occurred in City Walk. We are working through those, but it does add some complexity. We look forward to engaging with the community.

As members know, we have established a community panel reference group made up of leaders in our community of multicultural groups, and also Jenny Mobbs from the Council on the Ageing. I am looking forward to meeting with them to start discussions about the 25th anniversary festival in 2023, but also about how we are going to support our local groups later this week.

Jamison shopping centre—traffic management

MS CLAY: My question is to the minister for city services. Minister, Jamison is a busy group centre near a school with a thriving trash and treasure market on Sundays, but the community is concerned about traffic and pedestrian access. In April, TCCS completed an investigation on Bowman Street between Redfern and Wiseman streets. The study recommended the installation of at-grade zebra crossings on either side of the bus stop, a pedestrian refuge island near the Redfern Street intersection and a children’s crossing next to the school. TCCS also completed an investigation on Bowman Street between Redfern and Catchpole in June 2021, following community

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