Ms Joy Burch MLA
Minister for the Arts
ACT Legislative Assembly
CANBERRA ACT 2601
We are pleased to present to you the 2013-14 Annual Report of the Cultural Facilities Corporation (CFC), which has been prepared under Section 6 of the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004 and according to the framework of the Annual Report Directions 2013-14. The document has been prepared in conformity with other legislation applicable to the preparation of the Annual Report by the CFC.
We hereby certify that the attached Annual Report is an honest and accurate account of the CFC’s operations, and that all material information about these during the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 has been included. We also certify that fraud prevention has been managed in accordance with the Public Sector Management Standards, Part 2.
Section 13 of the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004 requires that you cause a copy of the Report to be laid before the ACT Legislative Assembly within three months of the end of the financial year.
We are pleased to advise you that the CFC achieved excellent outcomes during 2013-14. We achieved or surpassed all but one of our performance targets; achieved better than budget financial results; and completed all our 2013-14 capital works and capital upgrade projects, allowing us to acquit 100% of our capital funding for the year. Our good financial results during the year allowed us to make an addition of $150,000 to the Theatre Reserve at year end. This reserve was established by the CFC to assist us in managing fluctuations in the performing arts industry, and to offset the financial risk associated with major theatre programming ventures.
In achieving these results, we continued to pursue our vision : for Canberra to be a creative capital that values the arts for their intrinsic qualities, their contribution to building a more inclusive and resilient society, their support for making the city an exciting place to live and an attractive destination for business and tourism, and their important role in the economy of the ACT.
In 2013, Canberra’s Centenary year, the CFC’s role as a cultural leader was particularly evident, as demonstrated by the organisation’s major involvement in the celebratory events and activities. This significant year also provided the opportunity for us to look to future directions in the city’s cultural life, including by exploring options for the location of a major new theatre, of national status, within the City Hill cultural precinct. In keeping with this focus, the CFC made a detailed submission into the development of the City Plan, and worked with other agencies in exploring siting options for the new theatre.
In providing this Annual Report to you, we acknowledge that the CFC’s achievements in 2013-14 were only made possible through the efforts of many people. It is our great pleasure to recognise their efforts here.
Firstly we thank our fellow Board members, who provided direction and guidance to the CFC throughout the year. In February 2014, Deputy Chair Sandra Lambert completed her term of appointment. The CFC benefited greatly from Sandra’s expertise and experience, and we would like to place on record our appreciation for the major contribution she made to the organisation as a Board member and Deputy Chair.
As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, we are ably supported by the very dedicated and skilled staff of the CFC. It is a pleasure to work with them and we take this opportunity to express our appreciation of their efforts and our congratulations for all they have achieved.
The CFC benefits from the generosity, assistance and support of many volunteers. These include the CFC’s three advisory committees, all of which started the 2013-14 year with new memberships and new operating arrangements. We record our gratitude for the contribution made by committee members during the year – a contribution that is provided on a voluntary basis.
Other volunteers made a vital contribution to the work of Lanyon, Calthorpes’ House and Mugga-Mugga, including the National Trust volunteers at Lanyon. In 2013, special Centenary volunteers operated from the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) foyer, assisting visitors with information about Centenary activities. All these volunteers are a major support to the organisation.
Finally, we are pleased to acknowledge the contribution of our principal funding agencies and our many sponsors, donors and supporters. The CFC receives its major funding from the ACT Government. This major funding is welcomed and appreciated. During 2013, the Centenary of Canberra provided substantial support for Centenary programs at both the Canberra Theatre Centre and CMAG. Newcastle Art Gallery provided generous support, as a partner in CMAG’s major exhibition Elioth Gruner : the texture of light. The Commonwealth Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport provided financial assistance for the management of the Nolan Collection.
Our sponsors and donors again provided generous support for the CFC’s activities. During the year, the CFC welcomed Hindmarsh as the new Principal Sponsor for the Canberra Theatre Centre. The CFC was grateful for the extent of donations to CMAG, including monetary donations by private individuals such as longstanding donor Meredith Hinchliffe, and donations of works of art by artists or their families, such as a major collection of prints by Jorg Schmeisser, donated by the late artist’s family. We were fortunate to enjoy the support of many other sponsors and supporters, too numerous to mention here but documented in full in this Annual Report.
The efforts and commitment of the CFC’s Board, staff, volunteers, sponsors and supporters continue to be vital in pursuing our role of providing cultural leadership, enriching the cultural life of Canberra, and delivering the highest standards of service to the community.
We commend this Annual Report to you and look forward to the year ahead.
John Hindmarsh AM
Cultural Facilities Corporation
18 September 2014
Chief Executive Officer
Cultural Facilities Corporation
18 September 2014