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The petitioners have requested the ACT Government commit to a timeline and funding for the completion of Stage 2 of the Belconnen Arts Centre by 2021.

In accordance with Standing Order 100 I provide you with the following response to the petition for presentation to the Assembly:

The Belconnen Arts Centre is an important element of both the arts and community landscape in the ACT and a key contributor to the vibrancy of Emu Bank and the broader Belconnen Town Centre.

The ACT Government has committed to constructing Stage 2 of the Belconnen Arts Centre, to allow a wider range of uses by community, artistic and performance groups and is currently developing a timeline for this work.

The community support for Stage 2 of Belconnen Arts Centre is apparent and will be an important continuing component of its development.

Thank you for bringing this petition to the attention of the ACT Government.


Assistant Speakers—appointment

MADAM SPEAKER: For the information of members and pursuant to standing order 8, I nominate Ms Cody, Ms Lee and Mr Steel as Assistant Speakers and present the warrant of nomination.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Report 1

MADAM SPEAKER: I present the following report:

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee—Report 1—Review of standing orders for the Ninth Assembly, dated 5 December 2016, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (10.04): I move:

That the report be adopted.

This is a brief report that the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure has concluded on amendments to the standing orders. The committee has met twice, largely to review matters raised by the previous Speaker in a discussion paper which are of significance to the smooth running of this Assembly in the context of its expansion. The recommendations are straightforward. The committee has agreed on this report, and I commend it to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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