Page 4004 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, what consultation has there been with stakeholders on these projects?

MS BURCH: Consultation has indeed been a key element of the first phases of the projects at Gorman House and Ainslie Arts Centre. The development of the Ainslie Arts Centre as a music hub has been the subject of significant community conversation and reflects the government’s commitment to the community consultation process. We believe that the best outcomes are arrived at through a meaningful dialogue with the sector and Ainslie Arts Centre is a good example of best practice processes resulting in real actions.

Consultation about the future of Ainslie Arts Centre was initially undertaken through two youth music roundtable meetings at the Ainslie Arts Centre in February and March last year and also supported through the subsequent establishment of independent music groups, the ACT music forum. The youth music roundtable meetings reflected that rectification of the building, with a view to enhancing music activity and vibrancy at the Ainslie Arts Centre, would be of benefit to the ACT music community. These meetings were the impetus for the consideration of capital works updates at the centre.

Responding to the advice and fulfilling commitments outlined in the ACT youth music forward plan, the ACT government engaged Phillip Leeson to undertake a space audit and planning for the centre. This was completed in March. Tenants, hirers and a range of other interested stakeholders were consulted and this has resulted in the final design. Feedback about the design has been sought from Gorman House, who manage the Ainslie Arts Centre, and tenants. The feedback will certainly be used to finalise the design.

At Gorman House Arts Centre they have been undertaking strategic and business planning exercises concurrently with a scoping study and as the managers of Ainslie Arts Centre further consultation will be undertaken in order to ensure that finalisation of these projects is consistent with the strategic directions of the centre and to reduce operational impact.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, does the government have an arts industry policy to guide these investments in the arts industry?

MS BURCH: I would refer Mr Smyth to the ACT arts framework and also the partnership approach that we have across many sectors in the ACT.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, could you tell us more about some of the feedback during these consultations?

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