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(12) TBCC has not been given any assurances, beyond those extensions provided for in the lease, for the continuity of its operations beyond the expiry of its current lease at the current location. TBCC have been aware since 2007 that the Curtin site is to be redeveloped which will involve the demolition of its premises.

(13) The Government has given TBCC ample time to find suitable alternate premises, since 2007. The Government fully intends to redevelop the Curtin site for community purposes and for this reason it cannot provide any assurances to TBCC in relation to the existing Curtin site.

As a commercial business, TBCC is responsible for finding its own premises. As with any landlord and tenant relationship, at the end of the term of a tenancy it does not become the landlord’s responsibility to find alternate premises for its departing commercial tenant.

(14) The Government is aware that TBCC, or its owners, have purchased the old Macarthur preschool site for the purposes of developing a child care centre. TBCC is best placed to comment on jobs and opportunities.

Canberra centenary—Skywhale
(Question No 114)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 15 May 2013:

(1) Was the Skywhale balloon manufactured and purchased from Cameron Balloons; if so, what was the cost in UK pounds and actual Australian Dollar (AUD) paid.

(2) What was included in that cost, as per the original Cameron Balloon purchase invoice.

(3) Did Global Ballooning act as agent for Cameron Balloons; if so, (a) did they receive a commission and (b) how much was that commission.

(4) Will the Chief Minister list all ancillary equipment and associated values in UK pounds and actual AUD paid.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Yes, the Skywhale was produced by Cameron Balloons and purchased at a cost of £110,389.6 (pound sterling), which converted to $172,000AUD based on the exchange rate of 0.6418 at 4 September 2012.

(2) That cost included the 3D design, manufacture and testing and UK certification

(3) No.

(4) The other equipment required was a basket (inclusive of flooring and sidewall cushions), fire extinguisher bag, pilot restraint anchor and drop and handling lines. The cost of these items was £3,121 that converted to $4,789.75AUD.

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