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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 32 ..

The ACT Waste Management Strategy 2011-2025 refers to the Hume Resource Recovery Estate and acknowledges that further development of the site, to co-locate resource recovery facilities would be beneficial. This is reiterated in the Parliamentary Agreement for the 10th Legislative Assembly whereby the Government will seek advice on the best way to facilitate the location of waste processing facilities in Hume.

The ACT Government remains an active and engaged stakeholder in waste facility proposals and will ensure that key waste-related impacts and issues are addressed as part of waste facility proposals.

I trust this information is of assistance.

Arts—Live in Ya Lounge—petition 21-20

By Ms Cheyne, Minister for the Arts, dated 26 November 2020, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Lee on 27 August 2020 concerning Live in Ya Lounge.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 27 August 2020 lodging petition No 21-20 lodged by Ms Elizabeth Lee MLA regarding Live In Ya Lounge, a live streaming music program run by Event Audio Visual Services (EAVS).

The local events sector has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of this, the ACT Government committed more than $6 million in economic stimulus to support local business and jobs in Canberra’s creative industries.

The events industry has pivoted and adapted significantly to find ways to continue to provide the social, community, and health and wellbeing benefits that the arts deliver. EAVS took an innovative approach in its desire and commitment to support the arts sector with Live In Ya Lounge, and in doing so provided paid performance opportunities for local artists to continue to reach audiences safely, primarily through a donation funding model.

To help EAVS facilitate Live In Ya Lounge, the ACT Government provided a comprehensive assistance package, totalling $94,990. Assistance included discounted venue hire, equipment hire and storage provided free of charge and a range of other measures available for local businesses in addition to ACT Government assistance for operations. The ACT Government also provided program funding for the provision of services to the Where You Are festival.

It is regrettable that, while the Canberra community valued Live In Ya Lounge, the donation funding model did not support its ongoing sustainability.

The ACT Government acknowledges and commends EAVS’ efforts to support the local music industry and, in turn, the broader Canberra community through Live In Ya Lounge. The ACT Government remains committed to supporting the arts and events sector.

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