Page 4192 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 21 September 2011

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MS BURCH: The investment at Street Theatre will provide office space plus rehearsal space, and it is not the only arts area or dance-arts area. We have a number of facilities across the ACT for a range of arts performances.

Lanyon Homestead

MR SMYTH: Minister, what reports of vandalism, graffiti and arson attacks and other antisocial or criminal activities conducted at Lanyon Homestead, the outbuildings and the former Nolan Gallery as well as the surrounding property and residences has the Cultural Facilities Corporation received over the past five years, and how did the corporation respond to these reports?

MS BURCH: As the member would be aware, there have been a number of incidents at Lanyon over recent years. Most recently in March of this year a shingle roof to the stone barn at Lanyon was set on fire and graffiti was applied to the barn. This followed a number of incidents of graffiti and theft of tools which occurred in September to November of last year. Going back to March 2008 two incidents of graffiti were reported, and during Easter of 2007 the Lanyon Cafe was broken into and alcohol was taken. Police were contacted immediately in response to any criminal activity reported to the corporation.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what practical measures does the Cultural Facilities Corporation have in place to protect Lanyon Homestead and its residence from these kinds of activities?

MS BURCH: In 2010 security cameras were installed and additional security signage was put in place. Police have increased their patrols and a private security agency is being used on occasions on an as-needs basis. Additionally, community safety briefings have been provided to staff and residence.

Answers to questions on notice

Questions Nos 1720 and 1740

MR COE: I seek an explanation under standing order 118A from the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services regarding questions Nos 1720 and 1740.

MR CORBELL: Without the relevant details in front of me I simply cannot provide an answer at this time, but I will seek further advice and provide an answer to Mr Coe later today.

Question No 1744

MR DOSZPOT: I have a question for the Minister for Education and Training, the time line for which expired on 15 September, question No 1744. The question noted the 13 November email to all Canberra Institute of Technology staff stating that filling will progressively occur during the first six months of 2008 and expressions of interest were called for just 12 of these positions for a period over six months—

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