Page 2966 - Week 08 - Thursday, 17 August 2017

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outcomes. Theatre tickets, hospitality, retail and other tourist activities will all benefit from this production being staged at the Canberra theatre.

I will leave it there, Madam Assistant Speaker. I am positive about the Cultural Facilities Corporation. I am positive about its contribution to Canberra’s cultural and heritage life and I am positive about its engagement with the community in the arts. I remain hopeful that this government may one day aspire to meet the benchmarks set by the Cultural Facilities Corporation.

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (5.43): I am most pleased to speak in support of the appropriation bill, in particular the measures of the ACT budget for the Cultural Facilities Corporation.

Measures contained in the $21.6 million arts package of the 2017-18 budget include $280,000 to upgrade lighting at the Canberra Museum and Gallery with more efficient and modern technology. We are also providing $100,000 to undertake a community consultation process on the future of the Canberra Theatre complex, and more widely the current capacity for performing arts in the territory, to identify what infrastructure may be required to meet the needs of our growing community into the future.

This funding is in addition to the $8.7 million annually that goes towards funding the Cultural Facilities Corporation which runs the Canberra Theatre Centre, the Canberra Museum and Gallery, the Nolan collection, and historic places Lanyon, Calthorpes’ House and Mugga Mugga. The CFC will also receive $792,000 this year as the final stage of a major upgrade at the Canberra Theatre Centre. This means that, over the six years from 2012-13 to 2017-18, the government has invested nearly $9.5 million in ensuring the centre remains fit for purpose as the region’s premier performing arts centre.

The CFC will receive $398,000 this year for smaller building works across all its sites. This will fund a range of priority works and upgrades in areas such as water supply and irrigation, fencing, conservation, signage, gallery spaces, exhibition furniture, collection management software, and reception and cafe facilities. This government is most proud of the CFC’s stewardship of the ACT’s cultural facilities. We are committed to continuing to support the thriving, diverse arts ecology that we are so fortunate to have here in the ACT. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Education Directorate—Part 1.9.

Debate (on motion by Mr Gentleman) adjourned to the next sitting.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

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