Page 3317 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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as “leading visual arts production and activity”. The recently released Kingston Arts Precinct Strategy by Susan Conroy supports the use of the heritage workshop on a daily basis.

Canberra already has a variety of high quality music venues including the Albert Hall and Llewellyn Hall. The Government has recently made considerable investment in refurbishing the Albert Hall and the Australian National University has also upgraded the Llewellyn Hall rehearsal room as an intimate performance space.

In that context, the ACT Government has no intention to reverse the decision to relocate Megalo Print Studio and Gallery to the Fitters’ Workshop.

Lanyon Valley—library—petition No 118

The response read as follows:

The ACT Government notes the petition submitted by the petitioners, tabled by Ms Amanda Bresnan MLA on 21 June 2011 and makes the following comments:

The people of the Tuggeranong and Lanyon Valleys have access to two public libraries, the Tuggeranong and Erindale Libraries.

These libraries offer a full range of services including story time, giggle and wiggle for early language development, community learning programs, internet computers and wifi.

These libraries have collections of approximately 70,000 items each, providing the people of this region with a total of 140,000 items as well as the online request system for items in other libraries across Canberra. These libraries hold materials in all formats such as books, magazines, DVDs and talking books.

Both Tuggeranong and Erindale Libraries are close to retail and service areas and residents are able to make multipurpose trips to maximise convenience and reduce environmental pollution.

The Mobile Library currently visits the Lanyon Shops, Tharwa and the Tuggeranong Homestead adjacent to Calwell, further extending access to library services in the region.

Planning—Erindale—petition No 125

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella), by leave: Mr Speaker, this petition, signed by 3,744 residents from Erindale and the wider Australian Capital Territory, raises some urgent issues by residents and others who use the Erindale shopping precinct, in particular Gartside and Comrie Streets in Erindale and Wanniassa. Businesses in these areas have been trying to get attention for years to the drastic shortage of car parking space available to their customers. The final straw for these traders and the community was the fact that due to current developments the area lost in excess of 52 car parking spaces and the new business development will also add to the traffic congestion and car parking problems that already exist.

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