Page 1779 - Week 06 - Thursday, 3 June 2021

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Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The Government is committed to providing new suburbs with public transport. As outlined in the response to previous Questions on Notice from the Member, this will be enabled by the development of further road links connecting Aikman Drive and Stockton Avenue.

The Flexible Bus Service is currently available for all members of the community who qualify for the service including residents of Lawson.

(Question No 210)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 23 April 2021:

(1) In relation to section 3, blocks 9 and 12, Hawker, can the Minister confirm whether the following blocks 9 and 12 of section 3 in Hawker are owned by the ACT Government or privately owned.

(2) What is the current status of the childcare centre development anticipated for block 12 (near block 9), and when is construction expected to be completed.

(3) Will the childcare centre development encompass block 9 as well; if so, are there plans to demolish the Hawker tennis courts.

(4) Can the Minister provide any further details concerning this development.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Block 9, Section 3 Hawker is privately leased. Block 12, Section 3 Hawker is unleased Territory Land, under the custodianship of Transport Canberra and City Services.

(2) The planning and land authority provided conditional approval for DA201834626 on 4 August 2020. The approval is for demolition of the existing buildings and tennis courts, construction of a new single storey childcare centre and a lease variation to permit community use limited to childcare. The approval is for Block 9, Section 3 Hawker, although plans submitted for this application indicated overflow staff parking may be located on the adjacent Block 12, which is currently used for overflow parking for sporting events.

Conditions for this decision related to requirements imposed by the Environment Protection Authority limiting any work being undertaken to demolition and decontamination, until those conditions are satisfied. Stamped plans permitting the demolition of the buildings and tennis courts were issued on 1 September 2020. It is understood demolition of these items has been completed. Other conditions of approval are required to be satisfied prior to further work on this development being undertaken.

(3) The development approval only relates to work on the privately leased Block 9 and includes the demolition of the Hawker tennis courts.

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