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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 5953..


25 August this year, when the decision was made last week to create a master plan for Hawker, did you consult with ACTPLA about whether it was a government priority?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Bresnan for the question. Indeed, I think members in this place are very aware of the long history of consultation that there has been in relation to the Hawker shopping centre, consultation which has now extended for well over one year. It has been an extensive process. The government is aware of the range of views that have been expressed most particularly by retailers as well as residents. There is a friends of Hawker shops group, whom I met most recently. We have been engaged in consultation in public meetings and we are taking account of the strong views that have been expressed by a significant group of residents from the general geographic area. I met with them seeking a way forward that would hopefully allow us to arrive at an outcome in relation to proposals that had in their genesis the—

Ms Le Couteur: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, Ms Bresnan's question was quite precise: it asked if he had consulted with ACTPLA, not all these other organisations.

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, if you could come to the question.

MR STANHOPE: I will take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary?

Mr Hanson: How silly are you lot!

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, order!

Mr Seselja: You are treating your coalition partners with contempt.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja you are now on a warning as well for interjecting. Ms Bresnan, you have a question?

MS BRESNAN: Minister, will the Kambah Village and Hawker planning processes cost the $200,000 that other master planning processes cost?

MR STANHOPE: I will take the question on notice.

MR HANSON: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Chief Minister, why is it ad hoc for Weston or queue jumping for Weston when a master plan is sought but not for Hawker?

MR STANHOPE: As I was explaining in relation to the context that I was providing to an earlier question, the government has been engaged at a number of levels for an extensive period of time with a community in relation to an upgrade of the Hawker shops. There is significant context. The negotiations, the discussions, the consultation, the engagement at Hawker have continued for probably somewhere in the order of 18 months.


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