Page 809 - Week 02 - Thursday, 23 February 2012

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Other recommendations of these inquiries, such as the EPA review into noise standards, are, I believe, underway. But several key recommendations, such as an opportunity to address order of occupancy issues, were roundly rejected by the government. The live music industry in Canberra will continue to suffer from this, particularly as we have more and more residential areas which were previously not residential at all. We are waiting for the ACTPLA review of commercial zones to strengthen the noise attenuation requirements for buildings in cities and town centres.

There are a few bits of good news coming over the horizon. Some of you may know that Woden Tradies is trialling itself as a live music venue during the month of March to see whether the economics of the venture stack up. If they do, the Tradies has said it will refurbish its “green room” to be a permanent live music venue. The Polish club in Turner has recently decided to get rid of its poker machines and instead host regular live music events. To the best of my knowledge, that is still happening reasonably successfully. I am somewhat hesitant to name actual venues in this because I do not feel that it is appropriate to give free advertising to particular commercial enterprises, but—

Mr Barr: For the three people who are listening to the live streaming.

MS LE COUTEUR: It will probably make a big difference to their numbers, yes; you are quite right. I did tweet it, and did get a few more—a bit more interest than possibly there will be here this afternoon. Yes, you are right, Mr Barr.

In terms of trying to dig up a bit more interest for it, I understand that on 3 March there is going to be a metal festival there called Chaos ACT. Given what we have done here over the last two weeks, it might be very appropriate for all of us to attend that.

I commend SLAM day and live music to all of us in the Assembly.

Relay for Life

Cancer Council ACT

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (5.46): I rise tonight to talk about the Relay for Life, which is a charitable event sponsored by the Cancer Council ACT. The Relay for Life had its origins in 1985 in the US where Dr Gordy Klatt, a surgeon, spent a gruelling 24 hours running and walking around a local oval in order to raise awareness about cancer and to raise money. From those beginnings, Relay for Life events are now held in more than 600 communities across 20 countries.

In the ACT Relay for Life this year will be held from 12 pm on Saturday, 17 March to 12 pm on Sunday, 18 March at the Australian Institute of Sport. The Relay for Life is more than just a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to get together with the community and celebrate cancer survivors, to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to fight back against a disease that takes too much.

I will read from the website of the Cancer Council and for Relay for Life:

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