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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3478 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

work in the mountainous region of the ACT, which has resulted in the research and documentation of the ACT border survey markers, again funded through the heritage grants.

Many grants have also been provided to do much-needed repairs and conservation work on sites of significance and I will take opportunities throughout the coming years to report to the Assembly on the progress of these grants and their application. This round of grants closed in June, with a total of 49 applications received by the closing date. These applications demonstrated the strong interest in heritage by the community and individuals. The grants were assessed in terms of how they benefit the heritage of the ACT, the ACT community as a whole, as well as the urgency of the proposed projects, its achievability and whether it was value for money.

A total of $155,464 was granted to the community for some 23 heritage projects, and additional funding was allocated to the Heritage Festival following the highly successful 1999 festival. These initiatives and the expanded grants program serve to reinforce the support that this Government has for Canberra's heritage. The heritage discovery program, the advisory service and the development of the celebration strategy will assist us to share our pride in our heritage.

A greater emphasis on Aboriginal heritage will also serve to ensure that we can share a common pride in our diverse histories. Mr Deputy Speaker, it may be an oxymoron but the future is bright for Canberra's heritage.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, will you present the paper?

MR SMYTH: Yes. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Scrutiny Report No. 13 of 1999 and Statement

MR OSBORNE: I present Scrutiny Report No. 13 of 1999 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety performing the duties of a scrutiny of Bills and subordinate legislation committee, and I ask for leave to make a brief statement on the report.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Scrutiny Report No. 13 of 1999 contains the committee's comments on one Bill. That Bill, Mr Deputy Speaker, is the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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