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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . .

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checks and so on so they can support these people. They are just about to run a program this week, on the 28th. We have asked if there is a possibility of running a future program in November so that we can advertise and have more people go along to that. Very soon we will have that information available for people who want to contribute, either through offering financial support or by becoming a volunteer and being a friend and a mate to these people when they arrive in our city.

Planning—Giralang

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Urban Renewal. Minister, the residents of Giralang have been let down by the government's neglect of their suburb, most notably through the ongoing saga at the shops. Some residents and members of the Giralang Primary School community have established a committee to work towards an integrated Giralang community precinct. However, they have been disappointed by the lack of support from the government. The committee has raised questions about possible development of currently unused blocks in the vicinity of the school but has not yet received an adequate response from the government. Minister, what plans does the government have for the land adjacent to the school, including block 8 section 80 and the former scout hall at block 20 section 85 in Giralang?

MR BARR: I am not aware of specific plans the government has for those blocks; I will undertake an inquiry in relation to whether there are any proposals coming from any areas of the ACT government for those particular sites. I will take that as a question on notice and provide an answer in due course.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what is the status of the ongoing saga regarding the Giralang shops, in particular the battle in the Supreme Court?

MR BARR: I do not have direct portfolio responsibility for that matter, as it relates, as I understand, to a legal dispute over a planning approval. I will seek an update in relation to where that matter is, but obviously it is before the court so it is beyond my control as to when they will reach a resolution.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, will the government provide additional parking in the vicinity of the Giralang Primary School?

MR BARR: Again I will seek advice from the Minister for Roads and Parking in relation to any requests that have been put to government around parking associated with the primary school and the redevelopment of the shops. I understand, of course, that as part of the development application that was approved there would be additional car parking in that immediate vicinity.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, will the government investigate ways to encourage active travel by improving pedestrian and bike linkages in the suburb?


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