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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2038 ..

MS CASTLEY: Minister, will the government consider adding a container drop-and-go pod to Gwydir Square, given that Kaleen has three sets of shops and no container drop-off point?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. Of course, I am always interested in looking at how we can see further expansion of the container deposit scheme to help build a circular economy in Canberra. We will, of course, work with our partners Exchange for Change and also Re.Group, who manages the scheme through the Return-It brand, to look at how we can encourage take-up of the scheme. That may include additional locations from time to time. I know that they are currently working on some options in relation to that around Canberra. I am happy to take that suggestion on board and see whether it fits in with the plans around trying to encourage greater take-up. Of course, we have seen the Belconnen depot open, which has been highly successful as a place to drop off containers in the ACT.

However, we do need to take into account a range of different issues—where that would be sited, what impact that might have. If it is located in a car park, it may result in less parking being available, and I know that more parking has actually been raised as an issue at that particular shopping centre. We would have to take into account a range of different issues. But I am happy to take on board that suggestion and see what we can do in relation to expanding CDS drop-off points more broadly around Canberra.


MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for the Arts: can you update the Assembly on the outcome of the Amp It Up! program to support live music in the ACT?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Mr Pettersson for his question. The Amp It Up! Fund was developed to assist small to medium live music and performance venues to recover after the impacts of COVID-19 by offsetting the costs associated with programming, production and promotion.

Due to the high quality of applications and the sheer amount of interest, the ACT government has been able to increase the amount of funding to support as many venues as possible.

I am pleased to announce that 23 venues from across the ACT have been successful under the Amp It Up! fund, totalling just over $790,000.

Locals and visitors to the region can now look forward to a huge range of gigs and performances from now until the end of November, thanks to this much needed boost to the sector.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, what are the different types of venues that have been funded through Amp It Up!

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