Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 17 November 2005) . . Page.. 4341 ..
(1) How many submissions were made to the “Discussion Paper for an ACT Government Public Art Policy”;
(2) What issues were raised in these submissions;
(3) Noting that submissions for this discussion paper closed on Friday, 8 October 2004, what further work has been undertaken to prepare a public art policy taking these submissions into consideration;
(4) Has a Public Art Policy been prepared or is it in the preparation phase;
(5) Noting the Government’s commitment in the social plan to “Implement a Public Art Policy to ensure our public art collection is maintained and further developed”, when will the public art policy be released publicly and implemented;
(6) What are the reasons for the delay in preparing and implementing this policy, given that submission to the discussion paper closed almost 12 months ago and that the policy was due to be released late in 2004.
Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) Eight submissions were made and a range of responses recorded at a public forum and at meetings with professional associations.
(2) Submissions were generally supportive of the Government taking a more strategic approach to public art in the ACT including:
a. development of broad-brush public art plan for the ACT;
b. the incorporation of public art into Government capital works projects;
c. encouraging private sector investment in public art; and
d. caring for the existing collection.
(3) The Public Art Policy is in the preparation phase.
(4) The Public Art Policy is in the preparation phase.
(5) A number of changes have already been implemented as a result of the policy development process. For example, these changes include:
• making the ACT Government’s public art collection available online at www.arts.act.gov.au;
• publishing a comprehensive walking guide to public art in Civic;
• planning for one or more iconic artworks or ‘city markers’ for Canberra;
• commissioning a number of significant public artworks including one that will acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the ACT Region;
• the inclusion of public art in a number of major Government capital works projects including the ACT Library and Link Project, Gungahlin Drive Extension, and the ACT Prison; and
• planning for refurbishment of some of our city’s most valued art works.
The Public Art Policy will be released within the next twelve months.
(6) This significant policy will have a lasting impact on the face of our city and on how our local places are perceived by residents and visitors for decades to come. The policy is