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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 18 February 2016) . . Page.. 622 ..

We are able to provide such a great event here in the Canberra community ultimately because of the hard work and the generous contributions of our volunteers. Quite simply, without this contribution the festival would not be possible.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, could you tell us some more about the stalls that were recognised for particularly outstanding contributions at the festival this year?

MS BERRY: There were 463 stalls, as I said, operating across the festival at the weekend and there were many outstanding contributions. This year we added the Malaysia village to the festival line-up, which contributed immediately to the festival spirit generated by a number of other more familiar spaces: the African village, Pacific Island showcase, American experience, India in the city and, of course the Latin quarter. There was celebration of culture and identity in every corner that you looked.

Contact Canberra did a great job of recognising stalls that stood out particularly well when selecting the winners of the awards, which I had the pleasure of presenting on the final day of the festival. The most interactive stall went to Akhal Fahwuj from the Canberra Sikh Association. The best decorated stall was Breastscreen ACT. The best cultural experience was Integrated Cultures ACT. The best love my community blog was by the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators. The best overall stall went to the orangutan project. Congratulations to all winners as well as to the several other stalls that established their presence across the festival, to our benefit.


MRS JONES: My question is to the Chief Minister. Minister, I wrote to you about a house on McKail Crescent, Stirling in 2014. The home was damaged by fire in 2010 and sold in a damaged state in 2012. There are numerous issues with this property, including an infested swimming pool, mosquitoes, stray animals, vermin, long grass, fire hazards, snakes, an unsteady fence surrounding the outskirts of the property, three illegal shipping containers and a skip bin situated in front of the property. Minister, last October, you informed me that “Access Canberra has now removed the shipping containers and served a controlled activity order. The order requires the lessee to either submit a building approval within 30 days or remove the remaining container within 90 days.” The 90-day period has now expired and there are still a shipping container and a large skip bin on the property as well as many of the other problems. Minister, how are you going to finally deal with this problem for the residents of Stirling?

MR BARR: In accordance with the laws of the territory.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, has your government not enforced the applicable laws regarding the use of this property and the illegal shipping containers?

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