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

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Planning—Telopea school

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a question and supplementary questions by Mrs Jones and Mr Doszpot on Wednesday, 4 May 2016):

1) Approved Blocks 6 and 7 Section 36 Forrest (Approved blocks) were never registered at the Land Titles Office. Therefore, Crown leases over the Approved blocks were never issued. Block 5 Section 36 Forrest (Block 5) is the registered Block.

The Education Directorate (Education) had previously agreed to transfer a portion of Block 5 (Telopea Park School tennis courts) to the Land Development Agency (LDA).

The LDA had planned to redevelop Telopea Park School tennis courts and build a childcare centre. Plans were developed to subdivide Block 5 into two separate blocks (Block 6 and Block 7, Section 36 Forrest).

Education surrendered the Crown lease over Block 5 on 25 March 2015.

The ACT Chief Minister announced in the media on Wednesday 12 August 2015 a decision in relation to the Telopea Park School tennis court:

"...the lease for the site of the Telopea Park tennis courts will be returned to the school and will have an additional community use. The locks will be taken off those tennis courts, and they will be opened to the broader community."

Following the Chief Minister's announcement, Education requested the planning and land authority to grant a new Executive Crown lease (99 years) over Block 5. The lease was granted on 9 October 2015 and registered at the Land Titles Office on 21 October 2015.

The new Crown lease has been granted over the same parcel of land as the original Crown lease that was surrendered and includes the oval and tennis courts located at the Telopea Park School (also known as Montgomery Oval). Block 5 will continue to be used by the school and the community.

Until recently, ACTMapi showed both the registered Block 5 and the Approved blocks. ACTMapi was updated on 11 May 2016 and the Approved blocks (Blocks 6 and 7) were retired.

ACTMapi, the Crown lease and the registered Certificate of Title now all reflect and are consistent with the Chief Minister's announcement of 12 August 2015.

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