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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3845 ..



Question Without Notice Taken on Notice

Mr Bill Wood MLA - asked the Chief Minister on 21 October 1999:

The Chief Minister indicated she would give us a breakdown of that figure, and I would appreciate that, and she might do the same to these other items I mention. Can you tell us, at least in broad terms again, the nature of expenditure in the Department's financial statements, specifically the $596,000 spent on donations, sponsorships and contributions and the $47 1,000 spent on a payment to SOCOG?

Ms Carnell - The answer to the Member's question is as follows:


Expenditure on Donations, Sponsorships and Contributions for CMD was $596,277 in the last financial year (refer Attachment A).

Donations, Sponsorships and Contributions contributed to the advancement of Canberra as a place where business and events would be attracted because of the existence of a highly skilled workforce and an international outlook. Other donations were made to support community and national initiatives.

The major initiatives fostered through donations, sponsorships and contributions were:

- A license fee of $200,000 was paid to the Confederation of Australian Sport in May this year. The payment of this fee was a pre-condition for Canberra to gain the right to host the Australian Masters Games in 2003. The Australian Masters Games is held every two years and was last held in Canberra in 1997.

- An amount of $90,000 was paid to the Australian Capital Region Development Council (ACRDC) in the year ended 30 June 1999. The ACRDC is an independent body jointly funded by the ACT and NSW governments to promote industry development in South East NSW and the ACT.

- The organisers of the 10th Anniversary of Self Government events were paid $73,052 to defray their costs.

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