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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 3277

Mr Calder asked the Minister for the Northern Territory, upon notice:

(1)   What financial assistance was given for community halls in the Northern Territory in each of the years 1970-71. 1971-72 and 1972-73.

(2)   What provisions are being made for the establishment of air-conditioned halls and community cultural complexes in Territory centres.

(3)   Is it proposed to establish a Darwin Theatre Trust on similar lines to that established in Canberra.

Dr Patterson - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Owing to the difficulty in defining 'community halls' and the work involved in researching this question, my Department has provided me with the following approximate figures for financial assistance given for community halls in each of the three years.




(2)   Provision of $18,000 has been sought in the estimates this financial year for assistance to the trustees of Brown's Mart for the renovation of the hall for use for stage productions. Approval has also been given for a subsidy to be paid to a committee of local citizens for the erection of a town hall at Tennant Creek, subject to proportion of the costs being raised in the town.

(3)   No decision has yet been taken on this. It is expected that the Arts Council of Australian (Northern Territory Division) will include some recommendation concerning operation and management in its forthcoming submission for Government financial assistance towards the cost of erecting an air conditioned multipurpose concert hall in Darwin.

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