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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1832

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Does the Canberra Repertory Society occupy 4 old gable end type huts located at Riverside in the Australian Capital Territory, comprising approximately 4,800 square feet.

(2)   Can he say whether the present development of the Canberra Repertory Society is being hindered by the condition of its premises and by the uncertainty, surrounding its right to continue to occupy those premises in the future.

(3)   What period of occupancy of its present premises can the Society reasonably expect.

(4)   Will the existing training centre at Riverside at present occupied by the Department of Immigration become vacant in the future; if so, will the Government make those premises available to the Society for use as an intimate theatre. (5)Is it the intention of the Government to encourage the Society to develop into a resident theatre by giving financial assistance and providing suitable premises.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honour able member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   There is no information before me as to the Society's views on factors held to be impeding its current development.

(3)   While no specific date has been set for the termination of occupancies of the remaining buildings at Riverside the tenants other than Commonwealth occupants can be given no assurance of security of tenure for any future period.

(4)   It is not expected that the existing training centre at present occupied by the Department of Immigration will become vacant for some time.

(5)   The Department gives financial assistance towards the operating expenses of the Society, but has no current proposal to provide funds by way of a capital grant or to provide the Society with premises.

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