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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 March 2017) . . Page.. 1144 ..

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I neglected to thank Mr Parton for his earlier question. I thank him for his earlier question and his supplementary, and his interest in the management of Bimberi, which is, of course, a very important facility supporting some of our most vulnerable young people. I am not at liberty to talk about the details of any incident that occurs at Bimberi.

MRS KIKKERT: Why is providing such training to young detainees seen as such a good idea: “boxercising” or boxing?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Thank you, Mrs Kikkert. I understood the context of your question. As I understand it, this particular class was one small element of a broader physical activity program that was provided as part of the broader education program that supports young people in Bimberi. It certainly was not a focus.

Government—heritage grants

MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. Minister, can you inform the Assembly about the heritage grants program that you announced earlier this month?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Cheyne for her question and her interest in environment and heritage across the territory. Earlier this month, I was pleased to announce, for this year’s grants program, a total of $351,000 that will help to identify and carry out projects that promote and conserve our local heritage. Canberra has inherited a rich cultural and natural heritage and a group of assets that reflect our history and community values.

The ACT government recognises the significance of conserving our heritage while also building a vibrant and sustainable city for the future. The ACT heritage grants program is an annual funding program administered by the ACT government to assist the community in working to conserve and promote the ACT heritage story. Applications for the 2017-18 grants round are open to individuals, community groups and incorporated non-profit or private organisations. I strongly encourage those passionate about heritage to apply for the funding.

The heritage grants are a community partnership, essential in supporting the wide range of projects that protect our heritage places and objects. It is vital that we work together to recognise, protect, conserve and celebrate unique heritage for the ACT.

Grant application packs are available from the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate website or can be requested by phone. Applications close on Friday, 5 May this year, with successful grant recipients to be announced in September this year.

People are often surprised to learn that the ACT is rich in natural and cultural heritage. There is a perception that, as a relatively young city, we cannot have many heritage places or objects. This is far from the case. It is important, of course, that we recognise and protect these places and objects into the future, and keep the stories they tell of who we are and the past that has helped shape us. (Time expired.)

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