Page 629 - Week 02 - Thursday, 20 February 2020

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book box and the event as follows, which will be of interest to Mr Milligan, who is the opposition spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

The cost of the book box was $337, the cost of materials was $212.65 and the cost of installation was $968, which was a total of $1,517.65. The event costs included the purchase of local Indigenous literature for the opening, which was $53.35; the contracting of local Indigenous emerging elders, which included the welcome to country and Indigenous storytelling, as well as catering with Indigenous foods, and cost $3,350; the event photographer cost $715; beverages, which was a coffee van, cost $220; marketing, design, printing, delivery and installation cost $1,074.14. There were approximately—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS BERRY: Supporting local Aboriginal businesses is important to the ACT government, and it was important to have businesses and elders attend to ensure that the event ran as successfully as possible. Approximately 40 residents attended the event, in addition to special guests. I was invited, but I did not attend that event. I am usually invited to these events as the minister responsible.

It was an opportunity for residents to bring books and contribute to the book box. A welcome to country and Aboriginal storytelling journey about the area of Moncrieff were shared. Gungahlin Child and Family Centre, who helped create the artwork on the box, presented, as did residents, making sure that the residents could talk and connect with each. Importantly, Indigenous food and warm drinks were also provided.


MR COE: Arising from question time, I note that the minister took on notice the question: who did the modelling or valuations for Throsby? She has not yet answered that question, so I ask that she provide that on notice. That would be appreciated.

MS BERRY: I said I would, so I will.


MR STEEL: Earlier in question time, I was asked about parking in Braddon. I have some further information to provide in relation to the answer to that question. The Braddon area was previously covered in a large number of signs and posts. In 2018 it was decided to place parking area signage along Lonsdale Street and Mort Street and to remove the individual signs and posts.

This was done in consultation with businesses in the area at that time and no changes have happened since. We have received several recent inquiries to say that some people have not seen the signs. Officers from Transport Canberra and City Services have investigated these queries and have confirmed that motorists cannot enter the area without passing a parking area sign.

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