Page 4005 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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MS BURCH: I thank Dr Bourke for his interest. We have heard from stakeholders that a dedicated performance space for Ainslie Arts Centre is a common and central priority. Upgrades to the centre will include the development of an affordable, self-contained, flexible, public access, community performance space, with a focus on music for Ainslie Arts Centre.

Feedback has also informed us of the need to assess the acoustic properties and size of the classrooms and to provide sound-isolated spaces for amplified music, to create a greater diversity of users for Ainslie Arts Centre. This feedback may result in the reconfiguration of the internal building spaces, reinstating classroom spaces for rehearsals within the original “H” plan of the building. The new configuration will also provide sound-insulated rehearsal and performance pods that will allow for flexible use.

Tenants have also spoken about appropriate lighting and air flow and the need to create a pleasant and connected working environment, allowing for reduced isolation of staff working within a small organisation.

The design addresses some of these issues through the proposed co-location of administrative offices. Feedback has indicated that there is support for the concept but that further design work will be necessary to ensure that all of the tenants’ needs are met.

The report from the cultural planner for Gorman House Arts Centre indicates that a number of themes emerged through the consultation. There was clear feedback that Gorman House Arts Centre is an important and longstanding part of the arts and cultural life in Canberra. The themes reported include identity, operational matters, built form and landscape, and looking to the future. More specifically, feedback indicated arrival and way-finding within the centre needs improvement and that increased visibility of the creative activity within the centre would be beneficial.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Health—healthy weight action plan

Canberra Hospital—emergency evacuation

MS GALLAGHER: I have two matters, one being in relation to the towards zero growth strategy. Regulating the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks is outlined on page 18 of table 2 of the document.

In relation to the codes in place at the hospital, there are seven codes: code blue, medical emergency; code purple, bomb threat; code red, fire; code black, personal threat; code orange, evacuation; code yellow, internal emergency; and code brown, external emergency.

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