Andrew’s sent a recent missive which I think bears repeating:
I thought I’d write to bring everybody up to speed on what’s been happening with the Inquiry 🙂
Firstly, thanks to everyone who’s joined the group! There are now over a thousand like-minded, music loving and politically activated members showing their support for Canberra’s music scene. This is good good news!
Secondly, a new batch of submissions have been posted on the legislative assembly’s website! That brings the total number of submissions up to 27, which is much better than the 14 that existed when the group started. But sadly, we can still do much better! For example, we’re still 21 submissions behind the same committee’s inquiry into inner north redevelopment… when you consider that the inner north represents just a fraction of Canberra’s whole community, ask yourself: is 27 submissions the best that *Canberra’s entire music community* can do to influence our own future? I think not!!
So what’s next? The first thing you should do is come check out the main group page again, to see some quotes from the recent submissions and their gallant authors: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=323340292403
Or head straight to the Legislative Assembly’s website to check out all of the submissions in full: http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/committees/index1.asp?committee=113&inquiry=770&category=14
Then once you’ve had a read and are super inspired to get involved, make a submission! Some submissions are just a few hundred words long, but all of them are valuable. If you have something to say and you want to make a contribution to Canberra’s music future, check out the discussion area for instructions on how to put a submission together!
And finally, you can always take a few seconds to click on the ‘invite people to join’ link at the left-hand side of the group page and help get the message out. Know anyone who might want to get involved in the inquiry? Make sure they can have their chance!
A specific closing date for submissions still hasn’t been set but the Committee Secretary confirmed with me last week that it’ll be mid to late April. That’s *under a month left* to have our say. Get writing Canberra 🙂
“I do not wish to live in a silent city where the law prevents music from being heard on the streets.” – submission #16 author Nicholas Walsh