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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (13 March) . . Page.. 1040..


MR STANHOPE

(continuing):

The options presented by my colleague Mr Corbell in relation to the bus interchange represent some of the incredible difficulties that we face in making Belconnen and the Belconnen town centre a functional centre. The issues around how we deal with the enormous obstacles we face at Belconnen in connecting the Belconnen town centre with its lake, Lake Ginninderra, are, of course, exceedingly difficult issues.

A start has been made. There are plans in place. There are significant representations being made in relation to the development of an arts centre for Lake Ginninderra and for Belconnen. It is this government's view, and it was the previous government's view in all of its discussions and consultations around the development of an arts centre for Belconnen, that it needs to be based on the expression of significant community infrastructure and support and the capacity to support arts and an arts centre. These are the issues that we continue to pursue with the Belconnen community.

Lake Ginninderra-section 187

MS DUNDAS: My question for the Minister for Planning goes to the heart of the topic the Chief Minister was just discussing. Minister, could you please inform the Assembly what plans your government has for section 187 on the Lake Ginninderra foreshore.

MR CORBELL

: Section 187, I assume, is the site being proposed by some members of the community for a potential arts centre. I need to take the question on notice, and I will get back to Ms Dundas.

MS DUNDAS

: Thank you, Minister, for taking the question on notice. Could you please inform the Assembly whether or not the government will undertake a feasibility study in relation to a Belconnen cultural centre, considering the community was unsuccessful in their bid for funding to undertake their own feasibility study?

MR CORBELL

: The government's view to date has been that we would encourage those people who are lobbying for that facility to seek funding through a grants program administered by the Chief Minister's Department to do an assessment of needs.

Ms Dundas

: And they were unsuccessful.

MR CORBELL

: I was not aware that they were unsuccessful. This is the first I am aware of it. However, the issue the government has to address-and it is perhaps more an issue for my colleague Mr Wood, insofar as it relates to arts facilities-is an assessment of the infrastructure that is already in place in Belconnen, notably at the-

Mrs Dunne

: Come to Belconnen and have a look.

MR CORBELL

: I go to Belconnen all the time, Mrs Dunne. You have more than Weston Creek has. The Belconnen Community Centre already has a number of facilities you would expect to be in an arts centre-a theatre and other display places. But I am not an expert in this area. As to whether or not the government will undertake a future feasibility assessment, I will need to seek further advice and come back to the member.


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