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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 5431..


MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, can you update the Assembly on how you have used the commercial sector waste reduction work done by the Conservation Council which you funded and also launched last year?

MR CORBELL: I will have to take the question on notice. I have not seen any information on that program recently.

Planning—variation 2010-31

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, when exactly and why exactly did ACTPLA initiate planning variation 2010-31, and when did it first inform the Land Development Agency and the Department of Land and Property Services?

MR BARR: I will have to take the detail of that question on notice. I presume that it would have come the other way—that there would have been a request for the Planning and Land Authority from a referral agency, in fact, rather than going back the other way. That is generally the nature of these sorts of variations.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary?

MR COE: Thank you. Minister, on what basis was the decision made to delete ovals from the plans of Casey and Crace and was any consultation completed with Canberrans that had already purchased houses or land in Casey?

MR BARR: I think this provides an important opportunity to address a particular misnomer that is out there as a result of some fairly hysterical beat-up from Mr Smyth. The sport and recreation department has been working on the community recreation irrigated park model for some time. Members who have attended estimates and annual reports hearings for the department have even asked questions in relation to what is proposed with this new model.

For the benefit of members, it might be worth while tabling a diagram of what a community recreation irrigated park looks like. The suburbs of Crace and Casey are not losing recreation facilities; they are getting enhanced recreation facilities, including, amongst other things, structured court spaces, barbecue areas and a range of other enhanced facilities. I think it is worth noting in the context of the accusations about those areas having less public space—

Mr Hanson: Where is the oval?

MR BARR: It is right in the middle of the community recreation irrigated park, Mr Hanson. I am happy to table this for members, who might benefit from actually understanding what is proposed. I table the following paper:


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