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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2044 ..


MS LAWDER: Minister, what support is your government giving to struggling live performance businesses in the interim while you are awaiting the changes?

MS CHEYNE: I believe I detailed the answer to this previously, to my colleagues Mr Pettersson and Ms Orr. We have heard about this loud and clear from live performance venues. Largely, they are live music venues, but we appreciate that live music venues do not just have music; they also have performance, they have burlesque, comedy, poetry readings—all sorts. That is exactly why the Amp It Up! fund is not just about funding live music performances. Also, as I specifically stated in my answer earlier to Ms Orr, programs that venues have put forward that included things like those other types of performances were successful. We are pleased that we were able to increase the pool of funding that was available from $700,000 to $790,000, to help as many venues as possible, given the huge interest in the program, which, I think it is fair to say, reflected the demand that is out there. We very much, as a government, value our live performance sector as a whole. It is critical to the character of the city. The arts as a whole are critical to our wellbeing as a city, and ensuring their survival has been a personal mission for me. We were very pleased that we were able to bring this together and that we were able to make the Amp It Up! announcement yesterday. Again I think we can all do our part in making sure, over the coming months, that we go out and support these venues that have had a particularly tough time of it.

Florey shops—delivery vehicles

MR CAIN: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, I recently wrote to you about delivery trucks at Florey shops being forced to block the street because the loading bay is not big enough. In response, you said that TCCS had inspected the area and “would continue to monitor truck parking”. When pressed, you revealed that TCCS had inspected the site for one hour on a Friday morning, and under this extra scrutiny, you committed to a traffic study. Minister, when can Florey residents expect to see that study completed?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. I will take that on notice.

MR CAIN: Minister, thank you for taking that on notice, but why is this not a priority, given that you had already committed to my office to undertake such a study?

MR STEEL: I am sure the study will be undertaken.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, how many other community requests do you ignore until there is a public outcry? When will you get the basics right?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for the question. I reject the premise of the question. This is an example of where we have not ignored the community. In fact, we are taking action in the form of a traffic study to get the evidence around what intervention should be made in relation to traffic issues around a particular shopping centre.


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