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I am pleased the Government House Land Amendment Bill 2017 has passed the Legislative Council.

The Bill will allow Government House the capacity to undertake revenue-raising activities that are in keeping with the status of the site.

For some time Government House has been investigating ways in which it can connect with the community and make the site more accessible to more people.  Government House’s Forward Plan 2015-2025 outlines a number of extra activities to be undertaken at Government House to enhance general public interaction with the site as well as opportunities for co-hosting events that are approved by Government House.

All revenues raised will go directly towards the ongoing maintenance of the site.

Government House is a key part of our history, and this Bill will provide more community engagement opportunities between Government House and the people of Tasmania.



Speaker of the House and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer joined with a group of school students from New Town Primary School today for a shootout with Tassie basketball legend and coach of the Hobart Chargers, Anthony Stewart.

After a few slam dunks, mostly from Stewart, Madam Speaker had the privilege of representing the State Government to officially announce a new $250,000 funding agreement with Basketball Tasmania for our South-East Australian Basketball League clubs.

Community groups and schools are set to benefit most from the new funding agreement.

Importantly, funding will be provided to each of Tasmania’s SEABL clubs to assist them with continuing or establishing clinics to inspire everyday people to get out on their community courts and get active.

The clubs involved across Tasmania are the Hobart Chargers, the Launceston Tornadoes and the North West Thunder.

In the last year alone the Hobart Chargers has seen increased demand for school clinics as a result of greater participation in basketball, and the funding will assist them to deliver their school clinic program in the south.

Basketball is a high participation sport in Tasmania, with over 10,300 registered participants, and this agreement will further increase grassroots participation for local schools and community groups.

The State Government has a strong commitment to investing in initiatives that increase participation in sport and recreation, because it helps to build a healthier communities and will help us achieve our goal of making Tasmania the healthiest population in Australia.



Today it is my great pleasure to announce the Tasmanian Government is providing $20,000 funding over the next two years as part of our continued support for the Moonah Taste of the World Festival.

The amount of $10,000 per annum is an increase of $2,000 per year.

Moonah Taste of the World Festival is held annually at Benjafield Park in the heart of my electorate and is an event which I have personally supported and seen grow in popularity every year since it started.

The event celebrates cultural diversity, multicultural heritage and social inclusion in the Glenorchy municipality and southern Tasmania - through food, dance, art, craft and music.

The Festival showcases and encourages everyone in our community to celebrate a broad range of cultures including Indian, Bhutanese, Liberian, Tibetan and many more.

The rich cultural diversity that migrant communities bring to Tasmania makes an invaluable contribution to the fabric of our society.

Glenorchy is the most culturally diverse municipality in Tasmania, with 17.8% of residents in West Moonah alone speaking a language other than English at home, compared to an average of 4.5% statewide.

The Tasmanian Government has also been a long-term supporter of the festival and we are pleased to be able to continue this support for the next two years.

The Tasmanian Government is also providing funding of $200,000 over four (4) years to the Glenorchy City Council to support the operations of the old Moonah Arts Centre as a Multicultural Hub.



Today I had the pleasure of officially opening the South Hobart Living Arts Centre with Senator the Hon Eric Abetz and Acting City of Hobart Lord Mayor, Alderman Ron Christie.

The South Hobart Living Arts Centre is a new arts and community hub located in the former South Hobart Primary School building at 408 Macquarie Street, South Hobart which I have personally supported since its inception.

The Centre will offer affordable office spaces, rehearsal spaces and performance venues for artists, arts organisations and community groups.

The project is a result of strong support from the Federal, State and local governments.

The Tasmanian Government was pleased to be able to support the establishment of the Centre through the sale of the site and with a grant of over $500,000.

The Federal Government committed funds of $1.65 million to the development in 2015 after undertaking a feasibility study and the project has also been supported by the City of Hobart.

This Centre exemplifies the way in which government, at all levels, can support innovative communities and make projects like this one become a reality.

The South Hobart Living Arts Centre will contribute to the local economy, local employment, and importantly, Tasmania’s flourishing arts scene.

The Tasmanian Government is a strong supporter of the cultural and creative industries. More than 9 000 Tasmanians are directly employed in the cultural and creative industries or in cultural and creative occupations, with countless more employed indirectly through the related tourism, hospitality and retail sectors.



Today I had the privilege of officially announcing that in the upcoming State Budget the State Government will be extending our funding for mobile food vans.

Following the last election the State Government doubled the amount of funding to St Vinnies’ mobile food vans - including Loui’s Van in Hobart, Gran’s Van in Devonport and Missionbeat in Launceston.  That funding was due to expire this year, but today, it is my great pleasure to announce that we will be extending this funding for another year.

The funding component for Loui’s food van here in Hobart is $20,000 - taking the total additional funding provided to Loui’s Van under this Government to $80,000 - enough to make a significant difference to St Vinnies and all the wonderful volunteers who give up their time to support this much needed service.

Loui’s Van is an after-hours mobile service providing food, information and support to those in need. It operates six nights a week servicing different communities in the south, with over 280 volunteers.

Currently, Loui’s Van provides for an average of 50 people each evening that it operates.

Those who come to Loui’s Van range from children to the elderly and reflect a broad cross-section of the community. Many are experiencing considerable difficulty, including homelessness, mental health issues, isolation, drug and alcohol issues and poor self-esteem.

For many, Loui’s Van is a reminder of the dignity, concerns and worth of people in need.



On behalf of the Hodgman Liberal Government, I am delighted to congratulate the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) on its success at the 2017 Museum and Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs), an initiative of Museums Galleries Australia sponsored by Panasonic.

TMAG has picked up an outstanding four MAGNAs, which celebrate outstanding achievements in the Australian museums and galleries sector in the categories of exhibition, audience engagement and learning, and Indigenous programs.

TMAG’s major exhibitions over the last year, Tempest, kanalaritija and One Hell of an Inferno: the 1967 Tasmanian Bushfires each won the MAGNA award for their category.

TMAG was also announced as the 2017 overall National Winner for its Tempest exhibition. The National Winner is selected from a shortlist of the winning entries from all categories.

The awards were presented at an awards ceremony in Brisbane on Monday 15 May as part of the Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 2017.

Being recognised by the MAGNAs is a great honour and it is an outstanding achievement to see TMAG’s impressive range of temporary exhibitions gain national recognition. It also confirms TMAG’s standing as a cultural and tourism drawcard for the state, and reaffirms its importance in achieving our goal of attracting 1.5 million visitors to the state by 2020.

We will continue working closely with TMAG to reinvigorate the institution and ensure its prosperity into the future, with legislation to be debated soon that will establish it as a Statutory Authority.

This will provide TMAG with a modern governance system to maintain these great visitation numbers and ensure it continues as one of our premier historical, cultural and scientific destinations.

On behalf of the Hodgman Liberal Government, I congratulate all the curators and staff, and urge all Tasmanians to visit TMAG to explore one of Australia’s best museum experiences right here in their own backyard.

I also wish to acknowledge the many partners and supporters of TMAG’s winning exhibitions that have made such a rich and engaging exhibition program possible including Detached Cultural Organisation, the Australian Government through the Australia Council and the Visions of Australia program, Dark Mofo and the Tasmanian Community Fund.

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String is currently on display at TMAG until Sunday, 21 May before it embarks on a national tour.

A full list of the 2017 MAGNA winners is available from the Museums Galleries Australia website.


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