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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3078 ..


MR GENTLEMAN: In regard to the Yarralumla brickworks quite a bit of work has occurred over many years to ensure that we get a development that is compatible with the Canberra community and which brings some urban renewal to the area. In the time line of lease renewal I would have to ask the member which particular area she would like to discuss, whether it is in the area precinct for residential development or the area precinct for heritage or the area precinct for urban open space.

MISS C BURCH: Will the preferred contractor be issued with a lease with a remediation requirement, or will there be a separate contract to remediate the site first?

MR GENTLEMAN: That would be up to the developer.

MS LEE: Minister, what will be the gross floor area of dwelling units on the lease, what caveats will be included in the lease and what parts of the blocks will be built upon?

MR GENTLEMAN: There is quite a bit of detail in that question. I will take that detail on notice and come back to the chamber with a detailed answer.

ACT Policing—criminal gangs

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, are you able to update the Assembly on recent actions taken by ACT Policing concerning serious criminal gangs?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank the member for her interest in community safety and the opportunity to update this place about the actions that have been taken to tackle serious criminal gangs by ACT Policing. As I have said on numerous occasions, tackling serious gangs is the number one priority for police. However, we need to keep in mind that there is no quick or easy solution. These gangs do not care about laws or government. Despite this, ACT Policing are making progress regarding investigations related to a number of crimes associated with the activity of these serious criminal gangs. This year alone, ACT police, through Taskforce Nemesis, has executed more than 76 search warrants against criminal gang targets, seized 22 firearms, seized more than $61,750 in currency and laid more than 53 charges against criminal gang members.

Not all of Taskforce Nemesis's work makes it into the public domain but there have been a few recent examples. One was earlier this week. On Tuesday, Taskforce Nemesis executed a search warrant that resulted in the seizure of more than 350 grams of cocaine, several kilograms of cannabis head, weapons, $6,000 in cash and significant quantities of steroids and prescription medication. This action followed another action earlier this month. On 6 August, Nemesis undertook targeted operations as part of investigations into the criminal gang related shooting incident that occurred on 28 June this year. This resulted in police locating and seizing a loaded 22-250 rifle, a shortened 9 millimetre semiautomatic rifle, ammunition and illicit substances. Two men were arrested and charged with 14 cumulative charges. As


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