Page 5332 - Week 13 - Thursday, 29 November 2018

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Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:


(1) The identified issues are water leaks and waterproofing issues within the birthing suite.

(2) A hydraulic consultant has recommended the replacement of the spindle and spindle extension with mixing valves as part of the works.

(3) The investigation has currently revealed that the issues identified at (1) have created the need for the works referred to at (2), as well as waterproofing works.

(4) Investigation is still ongoing.

(5) Investigation is still ongoing.

Government—music grants
(Question No 2024)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Arts and Cultural Events, upon notice, on 2 November 2018:

(1) Is (a) the Minister and (b) artsACT aware that the Music Engagement Program, run out of the Australian National University, is targeted at increasing engagement in the act of making music, and that it uses a unique approach informed by a social philosophy of shared, active music-making known as the Music Outreach Principle; if so, how does the program fail to meet artsACT’s and the ACT Government’s aim, according to the artsACT website, “to recognise the integral part that arts and culture play in our community and to encourage creativity, celebration, thinking and exchange”; if not, why not.

(2) Before the date on which the ACT Government notified the Music Engagement Program that its funding was to cease, was the Minister aware that the program had commissioned a study of the effects of the program for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementias; if so, why was the notification referred to issued before the study was completed and the results reported; if not, was artsACT aware of the study before the date of the notification referred to; if so, did artsACT advise the Minister of that development; if so, on what date; if not, why not;

(3) Before the date of the notification, did (a) the minister or (b) artsACT, consult with the Australian National University as to the Government’s intention to cease the funding for the program; if so, what discussions emerged in that consultation process about (i) the record of the program’s delivery and results, (ii) the future plans of the program, (iii) any plans for evaluation of the program or any aspect thereof and (iv) the direction artsACT would wish to see the program take under any future funding arrangement from the ACT Government; if not, why not.

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

(1) The Government is aware of the philosophy and engagement outcomes of the Music Engagement Program. While the Music Engagement Program may meet the aim of

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