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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3180 ..


(3) What works were undertaken.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The air conditioning upgrade works were required to provide heating and cooling services to the main hall and stage. Air conditioning installed in 2010 services the balcony, foyer, kitchen, office and toilets.

Upgrades to the 2010 HVAC system were identified out of hirer feedback and through consultation with the Albert Hall Management Reference Group.

The upgrade to the HVAC system in 2010 did not include air conditioning to the main hall. This upgrade will provide air conditioning to the main hall, ensuring climate control for hirers.

(2) ACT Property Group assessed the need for upgrade works taking in to account the regular feedback from hirers. Hirers have expressed concern that the temperature of the main hall and stage is cold in winter and too hot in summer. To increase the use and repeat business of the Albert Hall, it needs to have a reputation of being comfortable and functional throughout the year making it a viable venue for hire.

These upgrade works are an integral element of the works required to protect the heritage fabric of this iconic building and prolong its life.

The need for the upgrade works has been flagged in the Albert Hall Conservation Management Plan, the Place Management Plan (Planning Legislation) and supported by the 'Friend's of the Albert Hall'.

(3) Works currently underway will provide climate control in the main hall and stages areas with completion expected in the second half of 2018.

ACT Health—proposed organisational changes (Question No 1495)

Mrs Dunne asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 8 June 2018:

(1) In relation to the lead-up to the Chief Minister's formal agreement, on 15 March 2018, to the proposed restructure of the Health Directorate, was the Chief Minister, at any time before 15 March 2018, involved in any discussions about the proposal to restructure the Health Directorate; if so, (a) on what dates were those discussions, (b) with whom were those discussions held, (c) what evidence was provided to the Chief Minister in support of the proposal, (d) did the Chief Minister undertake his own analysis of that evidence, (e) what conclusions did the Chief Minister draw, (f) to whom did the Chief Minister convey those conclusions and (g) on what dates did the Chief Minister convey those conclusions.

(2) At any time before 15 March 2018, was the Chief Minister given any formal briefing minutes or other documents about the proposed restructure of the Health Directorate; if so, (a) what briefing minutes or other documents were given to the Chief Minister, (b) on what dates did the Chief Minister receive those minutes or other documents, (c) what was the Chief Minister's response to those minutes or other documents and (d) on what dates did the Chief Minister communicate that response to the relevant persons.


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