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community contribution. Creative Partnerships provide information, advice and networking opportunities. They help to find art organisations that best fit with a corporation or business.

It is vital that an arts organisation understands the key business objectives of their corporate partners, and vice versa. Art organisations or an artist may seek a partnership as an avenue to discover new ways to become financially sustainable, explore new initiatives and extend their audience. Creative Partnerships provide information on interests and expectations of business in relationships with the arts, deliver workshops and seminars to develop knowledge and skills, give guidance on developing a business case and identify potential business partners, and host networking opportunities to introduce businesses and arts. Creative Partnerships’ information, advice and events are all free, except for the modest fee charged for workshops. In April I attended an event when volunteers were acknowledged for their role in supporting the arts in the ACT.

Another example is how Creative Partnerships, through their Woodside Better Business program, introduce people interested in becoming a volunteer to arts organisations and artists needing their business expertise. In return, volunteering with the arts can help to build the volunteer’s professional skills in a creative environment.

Philanthropists wanting to donate to a preferred artist or arts organisation can make a tax-deductible gift through Creative Partnerships. This is a free service to donors and artists, thanks to the support of the Macquarie Group Foundation. The federal government will also match funds raised in the private sector by up to $3 million, and this will increase to $4 million in the 2014 financial year. In addition, there will be half a million dollars for crowdfunding and a quarter of a million dollars for a micro-loans scheme.

These new arrangements offer great potential for new streams of funding and administrative support for our arts organisations. I urge Canberrans interested in the arts, as creators or consumers, to explore the new opportunities on offer.

Mr Zed Seselja

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (5.01): Today, on the last sitting day on which Zed Seselja will be with us here in the ACT Assembly, I rise to commit to Hansard my gratitude for his service to our Canberra Liberal Party and the community. I thank Mr Loui and Mrs Kate Seselja for their great work in bringing their family to the ACT. They have every reason to be proud of their son for all he has achieved and the promise of all he will achieve in the future.

I have known Zed for some years and I have worked with him across several campaigns, including the recent 2012 ACT election campaign. I appreciate his belief in the party and our capacity to win. We are at a natural disadvantage, one might say, as Liberals in Canberra, but Zed has helped build an election-fighting machine, competitive to win government in this place.

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