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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (9 June) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what will be the total increase in revenue received by the unit rates increases on the Northbourne corridor?

MR BARR: It will be difficult to isolate that, given that we will not be certain of the number of new dwellings on the Northbourne corridor until development is complete.

Westside village—improvements

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Tourism and Events. I refer to reports in the Canberra Times of 26 April 2016 that you sought works approval from the National Capital Authority to improve the aesthetics of the Westside container village. What aesthetic improvements are being proposed and why are the aesthetics of the Westside village so bad?

MR BARR: I understand that it is to allow approval for some public art works to take place. It is perhaps an interesting question of bureaucracy and red tape that works approval is required for works that are so minor in nature. Nevertheless, they are the conditions and works approvals are sought for various improvements that include changes to art works in the area.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, at what point does the NCA approval for the site and structure expire; and has an extension been sought and/or given?

MR BARR: I understand that in the spring, yes, and we are presenting to the NCA board in a couple of months, I am advised.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, are all the traders at Westside paying rent, and are they up to date in their rent payment?

MR BARR: That is my understanding and I believe so, but if that is not the case I will advise the Assembly.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: How many traders have left Westside, have any left with rent in arrears, and have those arrears been waived?

MR BARR: There may be a small number of traders who have left. I understand the net increase in traders, though, in recent times would more than offset the number of traders who may have left. As to arrears, I will need to take that question on notice.


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