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Dr Chris Bourke MLA

Minister for Small Business and the Arts

ACT Legislative Assembly



We are pleased to present to you the 2015-16 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 2015-16.  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 2015 to 30 June 2016 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 2015-16.  We achieved or surpassed all but one of our performance targets; achieved better than budget trading results; and completed all our 2015-16 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 a further 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 the programming of large-scale theatre productions such as The Illusionists 1903; the presentation of the major Canberra Museum and Gallery exhibition INK REMIX: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and its touring to Bendigo and Sydney; and the presentation of the Lanyon Plant Fair, in partnership with the Horticultural Society of Canberra.  Through these and many other activities, the CFC welcomed a total of over 373,000 people to its venues and programs during 2015-16.

During the year, the CFC worked closely with other ACT Government agencies on initiatives to plan future directions of the city centre and the future provision of cultural facilities in Civic, including new theatre facilities, within the framework of the City Plan.  A further area of strategic focus was the CFC’s partnership with independent arts advocacy body The Childers Group, leading to the joint presentation of two forums for the regional arts sector, one focusing on networking and discussion for emerging arts leaders, the other on mentoring in the arts.


In providing this Annual Report to you, we acknowledge that the CFC’s achievements in 2015-16 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 October 2015, Justice Refshauge completed his term of appointment on the Board.  We would like to place on record our appreciation for the major contribution he made to the organisation in this role.  In December 2015, Raoul Craemer took up a membership appointment, bringing new skills and experience to the Board.


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 all our volunteers and advisory committee members during the year.


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, such as a painting by John Olsen AO OBE, Brindabellas, 2015 – a generous gift that supported our fundraising efforts through the Canberra Region Treasures 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.


Yours sincerely

John Hindmarsh signature


John Hindmarsh AM


Cultural Facilities Corporation

4 October 2016

Harriet Elvin signature




Harriet Elvin

Chief Executive Officer

Cultural Facilities Corporation

4 October 2016


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