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Other centenary events have also contributed to what is a full calendar of celebrations. On 12 March I joined the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Regional Australia to re-create the ceremony where Canberra was first named, and led a nationwide toast to the city on live television.
Canberra’s annual events have also hooked into the centenary celebrations; and many, such as the Royal Canberra Show, have received support through the community centenary initiatives fund.
The National Gallery, Museum, Library and Archives have all put on special events, and the National Arboretum, our newest national institution, has drawn 120,000 visitors since opening on 1 February 2013.
In many ways some of the smaller events have generated the most pride and participation. The birthday weekend brought Canberra’s unique suburban communities together through parties at the shops. These parties drew people to their local shops across the ACT to celebrate the special character of their suburbs, and many have suggested they should become an annual event.
The theatre, dance and music programs are delivering local events on every day of the centenary year. Canberra school and performing groups are getting new opportunities to show off their talents in public, while mums, dads and other volunteers are, as always, working tirelessly to make the events run smoothly.
As the centenary program moves into its middle stages, the Canberra community has a lot to be proud of, and there is more to look forward to. We will continue to evaluate the centenary program as it moves ahead, listening to the views of the community and factoring in the lessons to make sure the next events are better than the last. I present a copy of the following paper:
Evaluation of Centenary celebrations—Ministerial statement, 9 May 2013.
That the Assembly takes note of the paper.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Paper and statement by minister
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (10.07): For the information of members I present the following paper:
Review into the size of the ACT Legislative Assembly—Report by the Expert Reference Group 2013, dated 28 March 2013.