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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1470..


and municipal services—and in supporting business growth and development, and particularly seeking to leverage investment partnerships. Where we can make an investment in public infrastructure that will leverage a co-investment from the private sector, we will certainly be pursuing those opportunities.

There are, fortunately, a number of examples of such opportunities that are before us in the coming years—in Tuggeranong with the Southquay redevelopment, in Woden with the bus interchange redevelopment, in central Canberra with the city to the lake project, in north Canberra with the capital metro project, and in west Belconnen there are a number of education and health-related initiatives, particularly the University of Canberra public hospital, and also a number of initiatives targeted at new estates and new development in west Belconnen, particularly associated with Riverview. So right across the territory we see opportunities to fast-track new infrastructure—

Mr Smyth: You're not going to fast-track the convention centre?

MR BARR: It is part of city to the lake. With the support of the private sector, we will seek to continue economic growth in this city. But we know we will be doing the heavy lifting, in partnership with the private sector, and the Liberal Party nationally will contribute nothing to our city's economic growth.

Uriarra Village—proposed solar farm

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, on 8 April 2014, in response to an email from a Uriarra resident, the Chief Minister wrote, "I can appreciate the community's frustration at the delays. However, this is something that falls within the independent planning process which includes the DA completeness (or administrative) check by the planning authority. The advice that I have received from the planning authority is that the proponent is addressing matters raised in the initial administrative check and is expected to lodge once it is revised and that is completed."Despite this, yesterday in response to a question on this matter you answered:

If the question is has a DA been lodged, my understanding is not at this time.

Minister, what documents in relation to this project been submitted to ACTPLA?

MR CORBELL: My answer was accurate. No DA has been lodged or is in receipt of the ACT Planning and Land Authority at this time, nor was it in receipt of the ACT Planning and Land Authority as of yesterday when I answered the question. My understanding as of yesterday—I think it may have occurred around the time of question time—was that an environmental significance statement had been lodged, which is a necessary precursor prior to a DA being lodged. But I am advised, as of today, that no DA has yet been lodged.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, if until yesterday no documents had been lodged, why is the Chief Minister providing inaccurate information to Uriarra residents?


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