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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 329..


MR SMYTH: I will take the question. I am the planning minister. We would be delighted to see the letter and the minute. They are not arrangements I am aware of. I am not aware of any such deal.

Mr Humphries: Are you going to table the letter?

MR QUINLAN: It has an ID on it. I will table it later today. I do not want to identify who sent it to me. I think it was faxed to your office.

Mr Moore: Do you want to make something secret?

MR QUINLAN: No. I will table it later today.

Mr Moore: After you remove something? What are you hiding?

MR QUINLAN: The source. I presume, Minister, you are taking the question on notice.

Mr Smyth: I just said that.

MR QUINLAN: Will you include in your response any plans that have already been formulated to change parking arrangements in and around Manuka shopping centre and Manuka Plaza?

MR SMYTH: It is very easy to stand up in this place and read from a document that none of us have access to, or can see, and make claims. I am happy to investigate anything Mr Quinlan is willing to table.

Skate park-West Belconnen

MR RUGENDYKE: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. I advised Mr Smyth that I would be asking this question so that the relevant information could be sought. Last year a consultant for PALM conducted a community consultation process concerning the Charnwood urban renewal program. I understand that one of the proposals put to government by some in the community was for the provision of a skate park for this part of West Belconnen. Can the minister provide the Assembly with details of exactly what stage this report is at and when the report is expected to be released?

MR SMYTH: I thank Mr Rugendyke for notice that he was going to ask me the question. I understand that the report is now with the chief executive of my department and I will receive it soon. But this is a brilliant opportunity to say that these things could be considered in the context of the draft budget. Mr Rugendyke, as a member of a committee, has the opportunity to input into the draft budget. If he thinks a skateboard park for West Belconnen is a priority, that is something the government would love to see in the report of his committee as part of the draft budget process.

MR RUGENDYKE: I ask a supplementary question. Is the government investigating a skate park proposal? Can the government see merit in the idea, particularly when last week Dunlop was named by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as one of the four fastest growing suburbs in the ACT?


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