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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 3 Hansard (25 February) . . Page.. 930..


MS LE COUTEUR (continuing):

(3) refers the issue of supporting live music and events in our community to the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services for inquiry and report by the first sitting day in October 2009. The inquiry will consider, but not be limited to:

(a) a review of order of occupancy legislation;

(b) options to encourage or require large commercial developments in group or town centres to provide community bollards for the promotion of events via bill posters; and

(c) an examination of how building codes for residential and business development in commercial zones could be amended to ensure sound insulation and physical security are appropriate to co-location with live cultural events.".

I would like to thank Mr Barr for proposing in his amendment that some of these important issues be referred to the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works, Territory and Municipal Services for inquiry, and I agree with the minister that the committee inquiry will help in examining some more complex parts of this motion and come up with recommendations.

However, I do not think that the inquiry has to be as broad as needing to look at every part of the motion. Some of the motion is quite straightforward. Therefore, my amendment will ask for the committee to review the order of occupancy legislation which, as Mr Coe has commented, is substantive legislation. We really need to consider how it will work within the ACT. It will also look at options which will require commercial developments to provide community bollards and examine how building codes can be amended to support live community events.

Under my amendment, the motion still calls for the government to develop policy and actions to support live events, including by providing improved community bill posting space, supporting improved late night transport options—I do agree with Mr Coe's comments about the desirability of having buses which are patronised—and providing community venues for all-age music events. I think that these are reasonable things. The amended motion is also a better way to use the committee's time.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (10.07): As my colleague Andrew Barr stated in moving an amendment to Ms Le Couteur's original movement, it is the government's view that the issue should be referred in its entirety to the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services.

Ms Le Couteur has today sought essentially just to separate different aspects or sections of the motion, or actually the terms of reference for the committee, and certainly I do not disagree with Ms Le Couteur that whilst the essential nature of the


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