Page 5285 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 15 November 2011

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In this financial year the ACT government will provide more than $200,000 through the first round of the ACT festival fund to almost half of the applicants to support the community celebrations and events. Approximately $20,000 still remains to be allocated and I am opening a second round of funding. Previously unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply and I would encourage them to speak with the Economic Development Directorate to seek feedback on their original application. New applicants will also be welcome to apply, and as with the first round, there will be a clear and equitable process to allocate this funding.

MR HARGREAVES: Can the minister please explain the benefit of such programs?

MR BARR: The purpose of the fund is to support local events targeted at local community activities. Funding is provided to support program development, community participation, audience development initiatives, marketing activities and business skills development. The fund assists festival organisers in putting on the best possible events for our community. This provides a great calendar of events that link to and enhance Canberra’s identity and stimulate community engagement. It also helps to stimulate the local economy.

The ACT festival fund is provided in addition to other funding programs, such as the events assistance program and the major events strategy. These programs are targeted at local events, with a focus on attracting national and international visitation. This range of event and festival funding programs aims to support a full annual calendar of events for all members of the Canberra community.

Lakes—recreational activities

MS LE COUTEUR: What information does the government have about the types of recreational activities that Lake Tuggeranong, Lake Ginninderra and Gungahlin Pond are used for?

MR BARR: The urban lakes and ponds within the ACT are managed by the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate. This includes Lake Ginninderra, Lake Tuggeranong and Gungahlin Pond. The plans of management describe the way in which the urban lakes and ponds are managed by the TAMS directorate to provide public and community use and environmental values and protection.

I can advise Ms Le Couteur that the plans of management are available on the TAMS website. I can also advise that the foreshores of Lake Ginninderra and Lake Tuggeranong contain major recreational facilities for a range of ages, including beaches, designated swimming areas for toddlers and young children, jetties and boat ramps for non-petroleum powered boats, barbecues and playgrounds. Other activities that can take place on the lakes are fishing, wind surfing and scuba training. Special events, commercial activities, model boat regattas and recreational boats—steam and electric—and motorised sport support or training craft are allowed subject to a permit.

The remaining ponds scattered throughout Canberra, including the Gungahlin Pond, make up a series of controlled ponds which intercept urban run-off before entering the

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