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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 4 May 1995) . . Page.. 228 ..


Mr Berry: No; we heard that from you.

Ms Follett: You said that.

MRS CARNELL: That was in your letter, Ms Follett. In fact, if Ms Follett would like me to table her letter again - - -

Mr Berry: Yes.

MRS CARNELL: Okay. I seek leave to table the information which shows that Ms Follett - - -

MR SPEAKER: I am informed by the Clerk that you do not need leave.

MRS CARNELL: Okay. That shows that Ms Follett was planning 550 residential units and 20,000 - - -

Mr Hird: How many?

MRS CARNELL: She was planning 550 residential units and 20,000 square metres of commercial space on Acton Peninsula.

Mr Berry: Would you table the lease for the hospice too?

MRS CARNELL: I am very happy to. Everybody on Acton knew, because of this sort of carry-on from the previous Government, that they were on short-term tenancies. They were there for only a short period, on month-to-month tenancies, in almost all circumstances. That was not a big surprise to any of them. Certainly, some of them are concerned, as I understand totally, about getting other accommodation. Sometimes that is very difficult in Canberra, and we will be doing everything we can to ensure that they do get good accommodation. We are hoping for better accommodation.

We are looking at proposals, as again I have said, to co-locate a number of these community groups so that they can jointly use facilities; adopting an approach something like Sports House, which has been very successful. If we can achieve an outcome of this sort, whether it be in the short or medium term, those organisations will be substantially better placed. As we know, a lot of these small organisations - quite a number of the ones on Acton are in this bracket - have problems with things like faxes, photocopiers, receptionists and so on because they are so little. If we can come up with a proposal and a model that allows them to jointly use these sorts of facilities, I believe that everybody will be better off, including the clients of these services. As many of them said, the fifth floor on Acton Peninsula, although it has a great view, is not all that accessible to the clients of many of these organisations. I am hoping for a substantially better outcome for those organisations, and I believe that we will get that.

MS McRAE: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, as a consequence of that breakdown in communication, could you let the Assembly know whether your policy on community information sharing has changed? Could you let us have a copy of that policy if that is indeed the case?


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