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Old buses just the ticket for CIT project funded in City Grants program

Ian Bushnell 28 July 2019 18

CIT departments will re-purpose retired Transport Canberra buses for a Civic arts and design project. Photo: ACT Bus.

Old Canberra buses will be given new lives as part of a three-day art and design event in the latest round of the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program.

The CIT’s Orange Wolves multi-disciplinary audience immersive experience will feature six retired Transport Canberra buses transformed by the skills and resources of CIT departments into small cinemas, music venues, fashion runways, maker spaces, and installation spaces.

The project, which has been granted $50,000, aims to provide an immersive experience including music, media, arts, fashion, technology and design.

It is one of 11 grants totalling $295,447 allocated by the Authority.

The Canberra India Council also received $50,000 to stage its popular World Curry Festival, now in its fifth year. The two-day food festival in the city includes curries from different regions, cultural performances, a chilli eating competition, and games.

Next March, Civic Square will be laugh central when the Canberra Comedy Festival turns it into Festival Square with marquees, hangout areas and free outdoor comedy events. The Authority says the Festival Square concept proved popular in 2018 and 2019, and enlivened the cultural precinct through a non-ticketed outdoor set-up and program. The Festival received $43,200 runs from 18-24 March 2020.

Civic Square will also be the focus for DESIGN Canberra’s month-long festival in November. It received $50,000 to transform the Square into its dedicated event hub during the festival. This will involve talks, entertainment, performances, art, wellness and creative ideas over three weeks. A commission for a site-specific design installation in Civic Square is also included.

The Canberra SpringOUT Association will put its $9,100 grant towards an all-day community picnic in Glebe Park on Sunday 24 November for the SpringOUT 2019 Festival’s 20th-anniversary celebration. The park will turn rainbow coloured and stage community games such as Tug-O-War and handbag toss, with entertainment from local and interstate performers including the Canberra Qwire, the Canberra Uke band, drummers, and drag kings and queens.

There will also be a family activity area with arts and crafts, a jumping castle, face painting and storytelling.

Independent arts organisation You Are Here Canberra will use its $50,000 grant to hold a three-day showcase of the ACT’s experimental art that will invite the community to interact with the city in innovative ways. Artists from a variety of disciplines will be selected from You Are Here’s 2019 Artist Development Program and will embed the unique nature of specific city spaces into their work.

A $10,000 grant will help the Braddon Town Team hold a one-day busking event in the inner city celebrating Canberra’s talent, with the goal of creating an annual festival. Buskers will compete for prizes and entry into the National Busking Festival in Cooma.

City Grants are funded through the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy – paid by commercial land owners in the city centre – and are managed by the City Renewal Authority.


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18 Responses to Old buses just the ticket for CIT project funded in City Grants program
William William William William 6:19 pm 27 Jul 19

Wasting tax payers Money's better put to the services they removed..?

Stu Cook Stu Cook 2:50 pm 27 Jul 19

Cue the dullards bemoaning money on art

Sophie Maree Sophie Maree 2:44 pm 27 Jul 19

the old 788 Iva Marcella Zac Silec

Julie Arnold Julie Arnold 1:46 pm 27 Jul 19

Homeless buses could sleep 4, 5, 6? Add a toilet, shower, kitchen just like a roving mobile home. Now thats a good use of our rates!

    Sam ZR Sam ZR 11:00 am 31 Jul 19

    Julie Arnold no it isn’t and imagine how quick it would take for them to be vandalised and neglected. Very silly!

Shaz Mcgrath Shaz Mcgrath 12:13 pm 27 Jul 19

Brian Harris i was thinking the exactly the same thing

Brian Harris Brian Harris 11:34 am 27 Jul 19

Maybe the homeless could sleep in them 😔

    Hugo Young Hugo Young 8:11 pm 27 Jul 19

    Brian Harris There's no insulation, it gets toasty in those buses on hot days, especially when crammed with people. It would be no better in winter with the inside being freezing.

    Brian Harris Brian Harris 10:33 pm 27 Jul 19

    Hugo Young I was inferring the money spent could be used for the homeless 😊

Neil Chandler Neil Chandler 10:15 am 27 Jul 19

Why not give them to schools to run their own services, now that ACTION makes it difficult for kids to get to school?

Lauren Andrea Lauren Andrea 10:05 am 27 Jul 19

Strange that we have all these 'old busses' to spare for art projects when the south side could benefit from them actually being in service 🤔

    Emanuel Tamas Emanuel Tamas 10:24 am 27 Jul 19

    Lauren Andrea stop talking sense. Think of the art degrees out there making use of that $300k .

    Natalie Ferris Natalie Ferris 11:20 am 27 Jul 19

    As much as I agree with the lack of buses on the south side these buses probably no longer meet safety standards and/or has damage or mechanical issue so they can no longer be used as buses but I think they should of been donated.

    James Nomis James Nomis 12:16 pm 27 Jul 19

    Also the fact that the bus is the cheap bit. Keeping it filled with fuel and a paid driver is the expensive bit.

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 3:41 pm 27 Jul 19

    Lauren Andrea you do realise the new network has MORE buses than the old. Action added 40 last year and only got rid of about 20. Plus light rail freed up about 20. So there are actually 40 more buses on the road compared to the old network.

    The solution to any issue with the network isn’t more buses but adjusting how the ones we have are used. For example some of the rapid routes don’t need to be every 15 into outer suburbs.

    Lauren Andrea Lauren Andrea 3:45 pm 27 Jul 19

    Ashley Wright yes i was aware of that thanks.

    Bernie Douglas Bernie Douglas 9:39 pm 29 Jul 19

    Maintaining near empty buses and the salary of drivers comes at a cost. Every one complaining about the new network have failed to consider this.

    Lauren Andrea Lauren Andrea 9:42 pm 29 Jul 19

    I'm near the light rail so it doesn't bother me, but it's a cost they were willing to bear before the light rail because it served the community - there was no good rationale to support a change to Southside services.

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