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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 7 June 2018) . . Page.. 2261 ..


(11) To what extent did the public consider the Tech Yes event to be a part of the Art Not Apart Festival.

(12) Did the Art Not Apart festival organisers promote the Tech Yes event as part of the Art Not Apart festival.

(13) To what extent has the Tech Yes event impacted on the Government’s overall attitude to, or support for, future Art Not Apart festivals.

Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Yes, the Government was aware that the organisers had planned the Tech Yes event.

(2) (a) (b) None of the Government’s funding for Art, Not Apart was used to stage the Tech Yes event. The organiser for Art, Not Apart explicitly excluded Tech Yes from the budget for the funding for Art, Not Apart. Tech Yes was funded by tickets sales, as indicated on its website. The Government was aware of the Tech Yes program as it was promoted on its website and it did not seek further information on the event as it was staged on private land in Fyshwick and was not part of the festival footprint funded by the Government.

(3) (a) (b) No.

(4) The Art Not Apart festival required a temporary road closure and temporary traffic management as per the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999, a liquor permit as per the Liquor Act 2010, and inspection and interim registration of an anaerobic digester under the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Act 2016. In addition to these regulatory approvals, the event is also required to adhere to the noise standards of the Environment Protection Act 1997. In support of these approvals, Access Canberra also received copies of the festival’s risk management plan, certificate of currency for public liability insurance and a comprehensive site map for the New Acton precinct. As the event was held on private leased land, no land use application was required.

Regarding the Tech Yes event, no regulatory approvals were required.

(5) Access Canberra is not aware of any instances of non-compliance at the Art, Not Apart festival footprint funded by the Government.

Regarding the Tech Yes event, please refer to Q8 below.

(6) The Government’s funding agreement for the Art, Not Apart festival has a number of conditions including a priority to engage ACT artists, paying appropriate fees to artists and arts workers, obtaining all necessary approvals for the festival through Access Canberra, and procedures to be followed should the festival not be staged due to external factors including weather.

(7) While the organiser has yet to acquit the funding for the festival, the Government is not aware of any non-compliance with the funding agreement.

(8) (a) Access Canberra received 11 complaints about the Tech Yes event.

(b) Three complaints were received during the event; at 21.34hrs (17 March 2018), 01.15hrs and 05.00hrs (18 March 2018).


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