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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5097 ..


where everyone belongs, and that we have a city that is healthy and accessible now and into the future.

To deliver a strong and workable second multicultural action plan, we once again need contributions from within government but, more importantly, from the community. In the coming months the office of multicultural affairs will take the outcomes that have been identified at the summit and turn them into a draft action plan addressing the three objectives in the framework.

Once we have a draft action plan, we will take it back out to the Multicultural Advisory Council and, following their input, put it out for consultation with the broader community. The action plan will make sure that Canberra remains the most inclusive and welcoming city in Australia.

Sport—night-time events

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. On 22 September the National Capital Motor Sports Club conducted a trial night-time event at Fairbairn Park. After months of preparation upgrading the circuit, building dirt mounds and containers for noise mitigation and installing light towers, the response was very positive with nearly 2,000 people turning out for the event. Minister, where to now for this popular sport in Canberra?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Milligan for the question. I cannot recall having had any recent—or at least in the past couple of months or little while—contact from anybody from the association. I cannot really provide any response to you because I have not spoken to the association at all; they have not contacted my office. I am aware of it. I think I saw a story across social media or maybe it was in the paper, but I have not spoken with anyone from that association.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, can you explain why the ACT government gives itself exemptions from noise restrictions for projects like the light rail but is trying to hold back the National Capital Motorsports Club from hosting eight night events a year?

MS BERRY: Noise exemptions are not within my portfolio responsibility but—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: I would not respond to interjections, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: I cannot provide a response on actual noise restrictions but I can provide some information about the noise restrictions that I understand were put in place or alleviated as part of this trial for this night race that occurred for that motor racing event.

MR WALL: Minister, to what extent do noise restrictions inhibit motorsport from occurring in the ACT?

MS BERRY: I will have to take that question on notice.


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