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Annual Report 2006-2007 Department of Natural Resources Environment and the Arts



Annual Report 2006-2007 Department of Natural Resources Environment and the Arts

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Performance Reporting Upgraded and refurbished office spaces at Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts and at Browns Mart Reserve for two arts organisations - the Darwin Festival and the Darwin Theatre Company. Appointed a new Arts Grants Board consisting of eight members (including the Chair) for a fixed term of three years. Published the Northern Territory Film Offices status report The Territory on Screen: 2003-2006 that includes detailed activities/ achievements and breakdown of screen grants funding. Provided a $200 000 grant to the Baz Luhrmari film Australia, reconvened the Northern Territory Governments Film Taskforce to assist film makers with logistical support including images, talent information, location scouts, and logistical support to secure filming parts of the movie in Darwin. Launched joint initiative with NT Writers Year of the Screenplay to support and develop Territorians writing feature scripts. Provided support for the feature film Ten Canoes, shot in Arnhem Land which screened at Cannes Film Festival and won Australian Film Institute and Inside Film Awards. Offered the $20 000 inaugural Declan Apuatimi/J Bird commemorative Public Art Fellowship to support professional development opportunities for contemporary artists in public art practice. Funded Warlpiri Media production Aboriginal Rules, a documentary about Australian Rules Football and the Yuendumu Magpies. Assisted two inbound export trade missions in partnership with Austrade and the Department of the Chief Minister for overseas buyers from the United States of America and Europe for Indigenous visual arts in May and June. Provided a grant to the documentary Kanyini that allowed post production of the film to be completed. This later won an Inside Films Award. Challenges in 2006-07: Arts and Screen Sector Providing access to arts resources to a geographically dispersed, isolated and multicultural community which faces unavoidable additional costs in funding and supporting arts and cultural activity compared to the larger states due to: o diseconomies of scale; o. isolation and the costs of goods and service delivery in remote areas; and o limitations to funding arts activity, performance and tours through corporate and private sponsorships. Supporting a physical infrastructure for arts and cultural activity including direct funding and in-kind support through provision of office, rehearsal, workshop and storage accommodation within existing resources. Working within existing resources to provide funding to triennial and annual funding to key arts organisations in a highly competitive environment. Withdrawl of the initial Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct site by the Katherine Town Council and, subsequently hydrology and site evaluation consultancies were commissioned to explore future appropriate sites. The high level implementation committee comprising Katherine Town Council and Northern Territory Government officers was instigated. n o r t h e r n t e r r i t o r y G o v E. R N M f r f t M B P f lW f B a @ KHf E T O ? (S B A E. B B @ Q D R B HIM M 0 B@ K1 IB B IS T AIM , 1TC011 A IgjT : a n n u a l r e p o r t a ( D 0 3 S @ y

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