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Public consultation opens on event policy

Public consultation opens on event policy

Media Release
25 July 2017

The National Capital Authority (NCA) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to its venue hire policy and fees, which will affect event organisers using National Land in the ACT.

The Chief Executive of the NCA, Malcolm Snow, said the NCA manages a large number of prominent public spaces, including Commonwealth and Kings Parks, Aspen Island, the National Rose Gardens and Lake Burley Griffin.

“Last year the NCA reviewed its Events on National Land Policy and Events Venue Hire Fees and Charges and found that compared to the New South Wales and ACT Governments we were charging event organisers substantially lower fees for venue hire.”

“We’re proposing a modest fee increase for private events, and to step up the cost for exclusive and commercial events to be closer to the market rate,” Mr Snow said.

“Up until now we haven’t been charging for the use of these venues for weddings, or small private events, so now we’re proposing a $50 administration fee.”

“These charges will also help to curb the practice of organisers booking multiple venues to hold them while they decide on their ideal location and dates, as they have often failed to cancel unwanted bookings, tying up venues that others could be using.”

“The funds raised through any increases in charges will be used by the NCA to administer event bookings and help to maintain the National Land to a high standard.”

The NCA is looking for public comments on the proposed changes to its policy, which include:

  • Changes to the fees for events that require the total occupation of a venue, which excludes general public use, or which charge an entry fee, or conduct commercial activities
  • Modest price increases for private events

Subject to community consultation and feedback, it is expected that the changes would take effect from 1 January 2018.

Further information

The details of the draft policy can be viewed on the NCA’s website at www.nca.gov.au under Public Consultation.

Submissions can be made via email to estate.review@nca.gov.au, or sent to the National Capital Authority, GPO Box 373, Canberra ACT 2601.

The public consultation will be open for four weeks and will close on Monday 21 August 2017.