Page 2222 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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I understand the petitions bring to the attention of the Assembly that there is concern from some members of the community regarding the proposed KFC drive through at Block 5 Section 39 Nicholls, development application (DA) No 201630796 and requesting that the DA be stopped by the ACT Government. The petitions raise concerns about the proposed development (including associated signage) not fitting in within the existing character and ambience of Gold Creek Village (Village), and notes the Village also contains several heritage listed buildings.

I am advised by the planning and land authority (Authority), located within the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate that the DA has attracted several representations against the development raising similar concerns to those raised in the petitions. The DA is currently under assessment by the Authority with a decision on the DA expected shortly. The Authority is responsible for assessing the DA against the requirements of the Planning and Development Act 2007 and the Territory Plan, as I have every confidence in the Authority determining this DA, the Government will not be stepping in to determine the DA.

Arts funding—petitions 4-17 and 7-17

By Mr Ramsay, Minister for the Arts and Community Events, dated 28 June 2017, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Cheyne on 9 May 2017 concerning arts funding.

The response read as follows:

Thank you for your letter of 9 May 2017 regarding petition numbers 4-17 and 7-17 lodged by Ms Tara Cheyne MLA and received by the ACT Legislative Assembly on 9 May 2017.

I understand the petition brings to the attention of the Assembly that funding for the arts is increased, that an arts advisory board is established and that the government works with the community in developing a funding model for 2018.

The petitioners have requested the ACT Government commit to:

Honour its election commitment to increase annual Project Funding by $500,000 so that each year recurrent Project Funding is budgeted at a minimum of $1.25 million, commencing in the 2017-18 Budget.

Ensure that this increase in Project Funding be funded through an increase in the Arts Fund, and not taken from other parts of the Arts Fund.

Set up an Arts Ministerial Advisory Board by 1 September 2017, reporting directly to the Minister. This Board will be established to provide principled and transparent advice around arts funding and policy, and made up of arts practitioners nominated by the Arts Community.

Ensure that the Minister works with the Arts Community to create the best possible funding model for the Arts Fund that will best service ACT Artists, Organisations, and the Community, for implementation in 2018 and going forward.

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