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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5251..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

Minister, now that you have had time to look at the matter, what information was provided to the bidders about the government plans for 20,000 square metres of bulky goods retailing space in the Gungahlin town centre?

MR CORBELL: I apologise to Mrs Dunne. I was anticipating answering this question after question time today, so I am happy to provide the answer now. The 2003-2004 Land Release Program was released as part of the 2003-2004 budget papers in May this year. The land release program for 2003-04 provides for and identifies the release of two sites in the Gungahlin town centre. The location and the size of these sites are yet to be determined, as was indicated in the land release program when it was released.

The Land Development Agency is currently considering strategies and opportunities for the release of these sites, as well as future releases, which will be identified within the area known as the homemakers precinct in the Gungahlin town centre. This information is made publicly available when the government releases the budget. Further, this information was freely available from the Gungahlin office of the Land Development Agency prior to the November auction.

MRS DUNNE: I ask the question again, Mr Speaker: was that information specifically provided to the bidders when they were bidding on bulky goods retailing land in the adjoining suburb?

MR CORBELL: I think I have answered the question, Mr Speaker.

Road line markings

MRS CROSS: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr Wood. Minister, it has been brought to my attention that the line markings at the intersection of Parramatta Street and Melrose Drive in Phillip are currently being changed. The area where traffic merges into a single lane has been moved back, closer to the Woden shopping centre. Minister, can you inform the Assembly why this change is occurring and what outcomes you are hoping to achieve?

MR WOOD: No, I cannot. I do not normally get involved in those sorts of road engineering matters. However, I will undertake to provide an answer to Mrs Cross.

MRS CROSS: Mr Speaker, I ask a supplementary question. Minister, can you tell me also how these changes will affect traders and businesses in Phillip and, more importantly, whether traders and business owners in Phillip were consulted or advised about these changes; and if they were, who was advised and when?

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, I will add that to the answer.

ACTION buses

MS MacDONALD: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Minister for Planning, Mr Corbell. Minister, what initiatives has the government taken to ensure that ACTION meets its targets under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992?


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