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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 24 August 2017) . . Page.. 3445 ..

Planning—entertainment precincts
(Question No 354)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 9 June 2017 (redirected to the Minister for Planning and Land Management):

(1) What is the expected timeline for a Government response to the Cool Little Capital Live Music Action Plan presented to the Government in November 2015.

(2) Will the Government commit to responding to each of the 25 recommendations in the Action Plan by November 2017.

(3) Notwithstanding the Action Plan and the Urban Sounds Report, will the Government undertake to, as a matter of priority, implement reforms as necessary to permit live music operaters performing publicly in mixed-use development zones, primarily Braddon and New Acton.

(4) Are these mixed-use development zones, including Braddon, New Acton, and Kingston Arts Precinct, being developed in a way that is consistent with their potential future status as Entertainment Precincts.

(5) What is the status of the implementation of Entertainment Precincts as part of the whole-of-government strategy, and more specifically, their implementation in the ACT’s planning system.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. The Government has welcomed the Cool Little Capital Live Music Action Plan as valuable input by Music ACT into several policy development processes being undertaken by the Government, including the development of an ACT Events Policy, the recent reforms to the Liquor Act and the Urban Sounds discussion paper.

The Government’s Urban Sounds Discussion Paper, which was released in 2016 to inform an extensive consultation process with industry and the community, is responding to the Cool Little Capital Live Music Action Plan. I (Minister Gentleman) expect to announce the final package of reforms in response to the Urban Sounds Discussion paper by the end of 2017.

2. The majority of the 25 recommendations in the Cool Little Capital Live Music Action Plan will be addressed through the Urban Sounds, Event Policy, and liquor reform processes. The Government will review if any further response is required following the completion of these processes.

3. Under the Territory Plan, live music is currently permitted in mixed use developments as long as the development generating noise complies with the relevant planning provisions and EPA restrictions.

4. There is no interim effect of possible locations of entertainment precincts in planning approvals. This should not diminish current opportunities for business development of potentially noisy uses in any future entertainment precincts. Noisy uses are permitted in suitably zoned locations in accordance with planning provisions and EPA rules.

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