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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 2 Hansard (18 February) . .

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it is viable and possible for the government to move in and clean up rubbish that is hoarded in the front or rear yard, or even inside the dwelling, it does not strike at the root cause of the behaviour. There need to be services provided and work done with residents in these situations to provide for changes to the hoarding behaviour that stop the detrimental impact that it has on neighbours and other people in the street.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, given the ACAT ruling, what options are open to the government in situations such as the ones we have highlighted in Weston Creek and Belconnen?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Coe for the question. I think the options are that we need to look at other ways that we can address these matters. That is what I have instigated in conversations with the government on how we can change the planning act, for example, to enable those operations to take place in a timely manner and for clean-up operations to take place. In future we may be able to look at whether they can be authorised through Access Canberra and whether extra powers may be available through that development.

Roads—Tharwa Drive

MR SMYTH: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Planning and Minister for Roads and Parking. Minister, were you briefed about the roadworks at Tharwa Drive which took place early in the new year?

MR GENTLEMAN: It is not a planning matter.

MADAM SPEAKER: As the Minister for Planning and Minister for Roads and Parking, you can answer it wearing whichever hat you like. Knock yourself out, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: I received the notification post the works that were done in the roads planning portfolio. During the planning and construction, I understand that the previous minister for planning, Mr Corbell, had the brief for that.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, were you specifically told that the road would be closed and have you put in place any improvements to the process to ensure that the debacle that occurred does not occur again?

MR GENTLEMAN: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, at the time of the briefing did you question the need for the road closure, and what advice were you provided with and from whom?

MR GENTLEMAN: No, I was not given the briefs.


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