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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5340 ..

(9) This question should be directed to the owners of GIO House.

Government patrons

(Question No 1170)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

In relation to patrons, what organisations in the ACT are you the patron of?

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

I am not currently the patron of any organisations in the ACT.

Planning-public art

(Question No 1181)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to the Statement of Planning Intent dated December 2003, pages 7 and 8:

(1) Could you please confirm what is meant by the statement 'Encourage the incorporation of high quality public art into major developments and significant public spaces'. Does this mean encouraging graffiti style art, or encouraging such art works as statues/fountains/architectural features etc;

(2) What types of areas or spaces will be set aside for this type of public art and how will allocation of these areas be determined;

(3) Will this apply to public areas and public developments only or will private developments be required or encouraged to allow for such features;

(4) What is the 'gateway public art program' and is it inclusive or a part of the move to encourage 'high quality public art' mentioned at (1), (2) and (3) above.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) That as part of future improvements to and creation of significant spaces, the opportunity be taken to integrate a range of public art features. This does not include graffiti style art unless it is relevant to specific locations.

(2) It is not possible to pre-empt or prescribe what areas or spaces will be set aside. The Statement of Planning Intent provides key principles for ACTPLA to consider when it is preparing concept plans for public domain improvements for negotiating with the private sector on developments that provide public spaces. From this, individual design responses will emerge for different situations.

(3) The Statement is not a direction or a statutory tool, therefore private developments cannot be required to provide public art as a consequence. The principle, however, indicates that public art is an important part of community life and should be seen as contributing to the

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