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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2039 ..

MS CHEYNE: I am happy to report that the 23 recipients who have been successful under the Amp It Up! fund represent a diversity of venue types across the ACT. There are city stalwarts, such as Smith’s Alternative and King O’Malley’s, who are already renowned for their programming of local artists and familiar surrounds, to dedicated events venues such as UC Live and Rose Cottage, who continue to mount innovative gigs of all sizes. I’m particularly pleased to see that some of our community clubs have been successful through Amp It Up!, such as Belconnen Bowls Club and the RUC, bringing live music and performance right to the doorstep of our suburbs. The full list is available at

MS ORR: Minister, what are the different types of performances that have been funded?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Ms Orr for the question. There are a huge variety of performances to enjoy thanks to Amp It Up. There will be live music shows featuring all manner of genres, ranging from jazz, alternative rock, pop, funk, rap and R’n’B, reggae, blues, metal and more. Some venues have also proposed to include other live entertainment, such as comedy or performance art. Most importantly, by supporting these 23 venues in the ACT, the government will also be supporting the artists from the ACT and beyond who will be booked to perform, as well as those who make sure these events happen: the technicians. I look forward to exploring each venue’s program, and I hope to see some of my fellow Assembly colleagues in the audience with me.

Planning—green waste

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, thousands of Belconnen residents were relieved to hear that your government has, at the eleventh hour, finally agreed to allow Canberra Sand and Gravel to continue providing green waste services at Parkwood. This decision follows overwhelming community opposition to the closure, which you should have predicted if you had bothered to consult. The announcement noted that alternative sites will be identified “on the north side”. Minister, can you assure doubtful residents that a green waste management service will continue in the Belconnen area as opposed to other north side areas?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. The ACT government has been undertaking a significant amount of planning for waste facilities around Canberra, including in relation to the new in-vessel waste composting facility, which we are looking at Hume as a place for; we are also, of course, looking at what is available on the north side through a review which is still underway.

We recognise that that review is not aligned with the closure of the Canberra Sand and Gravel site at Parkwood nor the rehabilitation of the west Belconnen landfill. As a result of that, the ACT government has put in place steps to temporarily extend that service on the current site at Parkwood. We are looking at what other sites might be available potentially at the northern end of the Parkwood site for that service to continue for a period.

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