Page 2959 - Week 09 - Thursday, 18 August 2005

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

(a) the outcome of meetings held with industry stakeholders regarding the establishment of an industry association

A music association, MusicACT, has been established to advocate for and foster the sustainability of a number of music forms including live contemporary music.

(b) Government advice on programs of support through which such an association may seek funding

artsACT met with MusicACT on 21 June 2005 to provide advice on the programs of support through which the association may seek funding.

(c) participation of young people in the assessment of music project funding applications through the ACT Arts Funding Program

An adult person with extensive experience working with young people in the contemporary live sector will participate in the assessment of music project funding applications in 2005. Young people who were identified as potential assessors were unable to participate as they intended applying for funding.

(d) development of an event planning guide for event organizers

The Government provides important assistance to event organizers both through the ACT Festivals Fund and direct referral and information via the Chief Minister’s Department Events Unit. Work is also progressing on the event planning guide to further complement these activities. In 2004 the Government established a new website for ACT Government events in order to assist community participants and organizers of complementary events.

(e) production of a fact sheet relating to noise from entertainment venues

Environment ACT is finalising a fact sheet relating to noise from entertainment venues. This fact sheet will assist venue operators in improving the management of noise on their premises and provide some simple ways to mitigate the impacts of noise, particularly music noise. It is anticipated that the fact sheet will be completed in the second half of 2005.

(f) assistance to venue operators to develop their expertise in managing noise

The fact sheet will provide venue operators with information on how best to manage entertainment noise and with simple measures on how to mitigate the impact of noise. In addition, Environment ACT staff are able to assist venue operators in the management of noise from entertainment venues.

(g) exploration of legislative change to extend the time for maximum daily noise levels in Civic and town centres from 10 pm to a later time on Friday and Saturday nights, and for special events

The 2004 Review of the Environment Protection Act 1997 proposed changes to the way in which noise is regulated in the ACT, giving consideration to noise measurement methodology; the overall noise standards; the zoning system; the system of exceptions to those standards and the basis on which Government should intervene. Appropriate noise

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