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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (23 February) . . Page.. 756..


MR COE: How regularly are dog parks patrolled to ensure that they are safe and facilities are working properly, and how much is allocated to maintenance of those parks?

MS GALLAGHER: The maintenance of the dog parks would be on the regular maintenance schedule of the city rangers. They tour the lake every day. The toilets are cleaned. The dog parks would fit within their normal maintenance schedule.

Planning—Giralang shops

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and relates to the proposed shops at Giralang. Minister, when will construction of the new Giralang shopping centre commence and when will demolition of the old shops be undertaken?

MR CORBELL: As Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, this is essentially a planning issue. So I will take Mr Coe's question. Decisions about demolition of the existing buildings at Giralang are a matter for the site owner. The site owner will have to meet their obligations in relation to the development approval that has been granted for the site before they can commence with demolition.

I understand that the matter is complicated by the fact that there is legal action being taken in relation to the approval that has been granted at Giralang. That may be a factor in the delay on the part of the owners in determining whether or not to proceed with construction work, including the demolition of the existing premises.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, has the government been advised of when demolition or construction may commence?

MR CORBELL: I am not aware of any advice, but I am happy to make further inquiries and if there is such advice I will advise the member accordingly.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, when can residents in Giralang expect to see a shopping centre completed in their suburb?

MR CORBELL: Regrettably, it is difficult to put any date on that because of the fact that there is now legal action in the Supreme Court against the development application. Until that matter is resolved, it is probably difficult to know when construction will be completed on that site.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary.


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