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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4019..


MR SPEAKER

: If you bear with me a minute, I will find that question on notice.

Ms Tucker

: There is one on housing managers at Currong-No 1057. That is about housing managers; it is not about demolishing the building.

Mrs Dunne

: That was one of the points of order I was going to raise, Mr Speaker, but decided not to.

MR SPEAKER

: I take it that it is not the same question. Do you have a supplementary question, Ms Tucker?

MS TUCKER

: Minister, you are saying they will be guaranteed the same rights as tenants; thank you. My question was: are you guaranteeing them the right to accommodation within the same area?

MR WOOD

: I do not want to go too far into this, but I will be making a statement in the not-too-distant future. Our great care of those tenants will certainly continue. I do not think people should assume anything at this stage.

Oakey Hill trees

MRS DUNNE

: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Planning, Mr Corbell. Minister, on 27 August this Assembly passed a motion:

That the ACT Government negotiate with the owners of the site at the corner of Nettlefold Street and Coulter Drive a land swap or suitable compensation to ensure the preservation of the magnificent trees on that site.

On 23 September you were asked to report on what steps you had taken to put that motion into effect. In response to the question, you said, amongst other things:

The government will not be initiating those discussions. The government made its position in relation to Nettlefold Street quite clear ...

Subsequently, the Assembly censured you for your inaction. Minister, since 23 September, when you were censured, what have you done to put this motion into effect?

MR CORBELL

: Mr Speaker, my office and I have sought to get in contact with the agent representing the lessee of the site on Nettlefold Street. My office has had a number of discussions with the agent of the lessee and the agent has indicated that they do not believe the lessee is interested in any way in a land swap and is currently preparing to commence construction activity very shortly. My office has also been seeking to get in touch with the lessee directly but to date we have not been successful in being able to do so.

MRS DUNNE

: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. I commend the minister for his action so far. Will he undertake to keep this Assembly informed of progress?


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