Ms Joy Burch MLA
Minister for the Arts
ACT Legislative Assembly
CANBERRA ACT 2601
We are pleased to present to you the 2014-15 Annual Report of the Cultural Facilities Corporation (CFC), which has been prepared under Section 6(1) of the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004 and according to the framework of the Annual Report Directions 2014-15. 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 2014 to
30 June 2015 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 four months of the end of the financial year.
We are pleased to advise you that the CFC achieved excellent outcomes during 2014-15. We achieved or surpassed all but one of our performance targets; achieved better than budget trading results; and completed all our 2014-15 capital works and capital upgrade projects, allowing us to acquit 100% of our capital works funding for the year. Our good financial results during the year allowed us to make an addition of $300,000 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, allowing us to bring a wider range of shows to Canberra.
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.
Major activities for the year included a program of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Canberra Theatre Centre; the touring of the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) exhibition Elioth Gruner : the texture of light to Newcastle Art Gallery; the presentation of the Open Gardens Australia Plant Fair at Lanyon; and the programming of major theatre productions such as the circus spectacular Le Noir. Through these and many other activities, the CFC welcomed a total of over 366,000 people to its venues and programs during 2014-15.
During the year, the CFC worked closely with other ACT Government agencies on cultural planning for the city centre, especially in terms of studies into a major new theatre for Canberra. A further area of strategic focus was the CFC’s partnership with independent arts advocacy body The Childers Group, with outcomes including the presentation of an Arts Leadership Forum attended by over 100 arts sector representatives from the ACT and region.
In providing this Annual Report to you, we acknowledge that the CFC’s achievements in 2014-15 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 2014-15 the CFC welcomed two new appointments to the Board,
Virginia Haussegger AM and Justice Richard Refshauge, both of whom have brought valuable knowledge and skills to the organisation.
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. 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.
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.
Our sponsors and donors again provided generous support for the CFC’s activities. 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, such as a painting by Janenne Eaton, Uncanny Valley – three seasons 2012. During the year, the CFC’s new fundraising initiative, the Canberra Region Treasures Fund, was launched by artist John Olsen as a means of supporting major acquisitions by CMAG. The first such acquisition, Elioth Gruner’s The dry road 1930, was purchased during the year with support from the new fund.
We were fortunate to enjoy the support of many other sponsors and donors, 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
2 October 2015
Chief Executive Officer
Cultural Facilities Corporation
2 October 2015