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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (12 August) . .

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MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Wall for his question. I did not make that comment to the residents of Uriarra. I have met with the residents of Uriarra on a number of occasions to talk about this particular development and also the history of Uriarra settlement but made no such comment.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, has the member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, raised her concerns directly with you about the project at Uriarra and, if so, what was your response?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lawder for her question. I have seen the article in today's Canberra Times. The member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, has not corresponded with me directly or talked to me directly about the Uriarra settlement. So there was no response to her.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what actions will you take to ensure that the residents of Uriarra Village are not unduly affected by this proposal?

MR GENTLEMAN: I think it is very important on this occasion, and in many of our planning processes, that the independent process of ACTPLA goes ahead in relation to this development application. So at this stage we have had quite a series of inputs to the development application.

I have encouraged members of the Uriarra settlement and other stakeholders across the territory to engage with ACTPLA and to put forward their presentation to the development authority. Those notifications ran from 7 July to 1 August. So that is now closed and ACTPLA is going through that independent process to look at that development.

Emergency services—investment

MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, how is the government's investment of an extra $48.8 million in emergency services in this year's budget improving services and community safety for people in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Berry for the question. The government is making a very significant investment in emergency services capability in this year's budget, whether that is the investment for the development of the new Aranda fire and ambulance facility, a very important facility for the Belconnen district, one that will provide a contemporary, state-of-the-art emergency services station, with the co-location of ambulance and fire capabilities from the existing stations in the Belconnen town centre to a location consistent with the broader strategy for the delivery of emergency services across the city to maintain and, where necessary, improve response times as our city continues to grow and develop.

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