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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 17 August 2017) . . Page.. 3004 ..

(7) Is this process of stall allocation the same for Festivals in previous years; if not, what was the process for all Festivals in the previous 10 years.

(8) What factors determine a stall location to be a prime location and which areas of the Festival were (a) identified as prime locations and (b) measured with the largest footprint.

(9) Was there a plan that provided for a balanced distribution of commercial, community and multicultural community stallholders in prime locations; if so, what were the details of the plan.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The total number of stalls at the 2017 National Multicultural Festival was:

(a) 26 Commercial stalls.

(b) 151 Community stalls.

(c) As above. No distinction was made between multicultural community and other community stalls.

(2) Stalls are allocated based on a number of factors. These include the package stall owners request ie one, two or three days, expressed stall owner position preference including if there is a particular showcase they want to be near, and when they pay to secure their stall.

(3) There were no designated stall locations for commercial stalls.

(4) Commercial stalls are allocated on the same basis as other stalls: stated preference and payment to secure the stall. Commercial stallholders often choose to be in Garema Place and City Walk between Garema Place and Canberra Centre’s main entrance.

(5) There were no designated stall locations for community stalls. Community stalls were spread out across the footprint based on the number of days they applied for and showcases they were connected to.

(6) There was no designated area for the multicultural community groups, stall allocations were made as per the response to question 2. Garema Place, City Walk and Petrie Plaza are considered to be the prime locations and we try to rotate the communities each year to make sure all communities get equal opportunity.

(7) The same allocation process has been used for previous Festivals.

(8) Prime locations for stalls are determined as those situated in areas of high foot traffic.

(a) Areas considered prime locations include Garema Place, City Walk and Petrie Plaza.

(b) These areas make up the largest portion of the Festival footprint at approximately 60 percent.

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