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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . .

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Asbestos—management issues

MR COE: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Minister, your answer to question on notice 539 states that four development applications and dozens of building applications were approved for Mr Fluffy properties in 2013 and 2014 for external works or building alterations. Chief Minister, why would the government allow for such approvals to be made, be it by ACTPLA or by certifiers?

MR BARR: Development applications are assessed independently by the planning authority and are done on a case-by-case basis.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, were all the tradespeople for these sites informed of the risk of working on Mr Fluffy properties?

MR BARR: That may be a very difficult question to answer without knowing the name of every single person who may have worked on a particular project. I will need to take some advice from the relevant agency in relation to that.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, how are tradespeople informed prior to working on a Mr Fluffy property?

MR BARR: A list of Mr Fluffy properties is publicly available. Industry associations are also working in close partnership with the government on this matter.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Prior to the 2013-14 notification, how were tradespeople employed?

MR BARR: That would require a check of the building file.

Housing—east Greenway

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Chief Minister. On 23 February the public housing renewal task force held a community meeting about the new public housing development on block 2 section 28 in east Greenway. The ACT government has changed the zoning of this block from leisure and accommodation to medium density. It has been reported to me that this block has been filled using soil from the excavation creating Lake Tuggeranong. The ACT government has expressed its commitment to the salt-and-pepper policy. However, there are no local shops in east Greenway. The closest public transport is on Drakeford Drive. Chief Minister, is it true that block 2 section 28 in east Greenway was filled using material excavated in the creation of Lake Tuggeranong? If so, is that a suitable base on which to build multi-storey medium density housing?


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