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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (27 October) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

MR GENTLEMAN: right across the territory. We involve the community and where they would like to see the light rail come to in their suburb.

Planning—Manuka precinct

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, in the Canberra Times on 24 September this year, the Canberra Services Club vice-president, in relation to the delays in rebuilding the club on the current Manuka occasional care centre site, is quoted as saying:

The land swap agreement has not been without expense to the club ... as we have been left in limbo with no premises when we could have rebuilt on the old Manuka site some time ago ...

Chief Minister, why did the Services Club not rebuild on its old site?

MR BARR: My understanding is that it was because of a lack of resources and capability to undertake such a task.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, why did you advise the Assembly on August 12 this year that the Canberra Services Club could not afford to rebuild on its old site?

MR BARR: That has been the consistent advice to me for a number of years.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, are negotiations continuing on a land swap for the old Canberra Services Club site with the previously identified site of the Manuka occasional care centre?

MR BARR: There is a process underway to examine a potential alternative site for the Manuka occasional care centre in Griffith, and that process will take some time and will involve community consultations. But there is no particular urgency in relation to that. As Mr Doszpot would be aware, I gave a commitment some months ago that there would be no requirement for Mocca to move in this decade.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what are the current plans for the old Canberra Services Club site?

MR BARR: There is a range of opportunities for that site to be integrated into a redevelopment of the Manuka Oval, associated with upgrading the Hawke, Menzies and Sir Donald Bradman stands.


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