Greens spokesperson for Planning and Arts Caroline Le Couteur is asking difficult questions about why the ACT Government is destroying community amenity without replacing it:
In Question Time today the Greens pressed the Chief Minister over the squeeze on low cost community spaces in the city precinct.
“Mr Stanhope announced that the Government would not replace McGregor Hall. He also did not have an answer for what the Government was doing to solve the problems facing displaced community/music groups.“
“The ACT Government needs to commit to supporting these groups as they lose yet another venue. The Government also owes it to future music and community groups in Canberra who may never have the opportunity to establish themselves if there are no affordable and accessible spaces for them.”
“The Government now needs to assist these valuable groups to find new locations in appropriate locations. Given the dearth of adequate community venues, Canberra also needs the Government to create new venues, or to actively assist the community to set up new ones,” said Ms Le Couteur.
Maybe one day we’ll have an answer.