Page 740 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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MS CASTLEY: Minister, do you agree to be bound by the same rules and standards that apply to all other staff in CHS?

MS DAVIDSON: Thank you for the question. There are specific rules and regulations relating to healthcare staff, including their registration with AHPRA, that may not apply to people in other occupations; however, there are important Privacy Act obligations on all of us, and the fundamental principle of treating people with dignity and respect means that we should all be thinking about the impact of what we are doing, and who we may be sharing information with, at all times. There are processes we all need to follow, and I expect that all of us in this place are doing that.

Planning—entertainment precincts

MS CLAY: My question is for the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement promises to address entertainment precincts in the new Territory Plan and MusicACT is calling for this urgently. The ACT Better Regulation Taskforce report covers entertainment precincts and these will need to be implemented under the new Territory Plan. Various ministers have committed to these often in the media and in conversations. Can you please outline for me how and when entertainment precincts will be incorporated into the new Territory Plan?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Clay for her interest in these matters and for her letter sent on 14 March. I will endeavour to get a response to this letter within the usual timeframe but of course I am also happy to provide some information today. For a bit of history, I think we are all reminded of the night-time economy. It is essential to our plans for the future as an integral part of a thriving and diverse city. Those night-time activities can include attending restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, etc and the night-life that accompanies this and the sounds are part of the city as we live in it. We see that across cities across the world as well. In October 2019 the government released the Entertainment Action Plan as a response to the 9 July 2019 Legislative Assembly motion which noted the importance of live music and the plan identified an action to trial a temporary special entertainment area in the city centre, monitoring its results. Ms Clay has noted the PAGA commitment as well, where we would amend the Territory Plan. We are working through that as we speak. The draft location and principles for the city centre entertainment precinct are included in the draft City Plan and draft Canberra City Centre Urban Design Framework that are going through planning at the moment. Public consultation on the draft City Plan and draft Canberra City Centre Urban Design Framework, or the UDF, closed earlier this month, on 14 March. We have received quite a number of submissions regarding the proposed entertainment precinct. These will be reviewed by the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate to assist in finalising these documents and will inform the incorporation of the city centre entertainment precinct in the new Territory Plan.

MS CLAY: Minister, which minister is primarily responsible for delivering entertainment precincts?

MR GENTLEMAN: It is in the planning portfolio. We are going through the UDF now but of course we work across directorates and seek information from all ministers

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