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(3) Can the Minister list the stakeholders that were consulted on the draft discussion paper on the ACT Events Policy.
(4) Were any external organisations involved in preparing the draft discussion paper on the ACT Events Policy; if so, can the Minister list those external organisations.
(5) Can the Minister briefly outline the guiding principles for the ACT Events Policy.
(6) What advice is provided to event organisers by Events ACT in relation to (a) securing an appropriate venue for an event, including identifying any risks associated with venues under consideration, (b) insurance, (c) security, (d) cost of hire and (e) parking and public transport options.
(7) Has an evaluation been conducted of Civic Square to determine if it is an appropriate venue for events involving large numbers of people and equipment, particularly in relation to accessibility and impeding egress from surrounding buildings, including in the circumstances where emergency egress may be required; if so, what were the qualifications of the person or persons who conducted that evaluation.
Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The Government will consider the ACT Events Policy in the first half of 2017, taking into account the extensive community feedback provided through the 2016 community engagement process.
(2) In August 2016, the ACT Events Policy Discussion Paper was released for public consultation to support policy development and generate a conversation with key stakeholders. There were 1,123 responses to the discussion paper, which are currently being analysed and considered.
(3) A comprehensive set of internal and external stakeholders, including the Canberra community, were invited to provide written or verbal feedback in response to the ACT Events Policy Discussion Paper.
A copy of the discussion paper featured on the ACT Government’s Your Say website for a period of six weeks, while two public forums were held in conjunction with the Environment and Planning Directorate to generate feedback on both the Urban Sounds Discussion Paper and the ACT Events Policy Discussion Paper.
A copy of the discussion paper was also emailed directly to a diverse stakeholder distribution list, which included:
o Event organisers and event management companies.
o Applicants and recipients of event funding support through the ACT Government.
o Relevant ACT and Federal Government directorates/agencies.
o Arts, sport and tourism organisations/industry contacts (including the national institutions).
o Key bodies including the Australian Hotels Association (ACT Branch), the Canberra Business Chamber, the National Capital Attractions Association and In The City Canberra.
o Local community councils and multicultural groups.