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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (18 November) . .

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MR COE: Minister, was it always your intention not to send 351 to the planning committee although originally had you indicated to people that you were going to send it to the planning committee?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Coe for his question. The decision on whether it goes to the planning committee is usually made at the end of the consultative process and when the directorate has done all of the work that is appropriate for that variation. There are recommendations to me along that process as well. In that case, as I said, I did not send it to the committee.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what feedback have you received since your decision to bypass the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services?

MR GENTLEMAN: We have received quite a bit of correspondence in response to that, mainly supportive of the proposal for the variation to proceed. It is of course a very good outcome for west Belconnen. The proponent has gone through quite a large sum of consultation over the period. We have even had correspondence from the Conservation Council in the ACT, advising that they thought it would be appropriate that the variation proceed without going to committee as well.

Transport—light rail

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Capital Metro. Minister, were any non-conforming bids submitted by consortia or members of a consortium in response to the requests for proposals put out by capital metro?

MR CORBELL: I would have to check the record and seek some advice from capital metro in relation to that matter.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, has a proposal, whether solicited or unsolicited—or requested or unrequested—been put to the government this year for a bus rapid transit system on Northbourne Avenue and/or elsewhere in Canberra?

MR CORBELL: Not to my knowledge.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, is the government actively considering the construction of bus rapid transit from Gungahlin to the city?


MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

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