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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2186..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

second one is where we will go site-specific. This is where the Flynn school will actually be discussed with the Flynn community through the independent consultant we have now engaged.

It should be remembered that the reason for engaging the consultant in the first place was so that those consultation processes would be at arm's-length from government. We will not be involved in the process while there is a conversation between the community and the consultant, in order to give us the information which we will then process towards the end of the year.

With respect to the police tactical training exercise at Flynn, it did not happen at all. In fact, it happened at another school which was destined to be demolished anyway, to make way for the very innovative regional school at West Belconnen, on which I congratulate the minister for education and his predecessors, Katy Gallagher and Simon Corbell.

Pace egg farm

DR FOSKEY: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and concerns the Pace egg farm in Belconnen. The public record shows that Pace's annual rent is $486 for the 41.44 hectares on which their operation is based. That is $486 a year.

Does the minister consider that this is a fair and reasonable charge to impose on that business considering the cost to the government of servicing that operation? How does it compare to the charges imposed on other permitted land users of a similar nature in the ACT?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank Dr Foskey for the question. I presume you are talking about arrangements for the leasing of properties, which is organised by the property group within territory and municipal services. They actually manage an incredibly large number of properties on behalf of the territory, and I confess that I am not across the detail of each and every contract that we have in place with our various tenancies. So I will need to take the detail of that question on notice, and I will do so. I suspect, Dr Foskey, that it may take a bit of time. So with your indulgence, I will get the detail for you and I will bring it back by no later than the close of question time on Thursday.

One of the things which sparks my curiosity, of course, is when this original arrangement was taken out because I suspect—and I could be wrong here and I will certainly say so when we come back to the Assembly—

DR FOSKEY: It was 2003.

MR HARGREAVES: It was 2003, Dr Foskey tells me. But what she does not tell me, Mr Speaker, is whether that was a continuation of a contract or the original one, because I seem to remember when I lived in Holt that there was, in fact, the Parkwood egg farm out there. I understand, in fact, that the Parkwood egg farm, which was the former name of Pace, has been out there for an incredibly long period of time. I would be interested to know who actually signed the original agreement and whether or not


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