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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Wednesday, 8 December 2010) . . Page.. 5954 ..

There is nothing ad hoc about a process that to date has been pursued for about 18 months where there have been a significant number of community meetings, there has been a wide-scale and broad letterbox drop, there have been individual conversations and consultation with every one of the retailers and the tenants and those that actually use the Hawker shops on a daily basis. There has been extensive consultation, extensive engagement, public meetings, widespread communication of information, plans discussed in detail. After 18 months or thereabouts, having regard to the extensive consultation, the next step that has been taken is, I believe, reasonable and appropriate.

There is absolutely nothing ad hoc about moving forward a process that has been in place for somewhere in the order of 18 months, having regard to the views that have been gathered from all of the stakeholders and all of those engaged. We are in a consultative process and we are responding positively to the views that are being expressed.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Chief Minister, wouldn’t it have been less ad hoc if you had not put up the for sale sign without consulting with the community, would it have been less ad hoc if you had gone to a master plan before you put up the for sale sign, and would you not have saved the ACT taxpayer a considerable amount of money?

MR STANHOPE: There is a whole range of hypothetical suggestions or suppositions there. Really, it is impossible for me to respond to them.

Tourism—events and festivals

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Recreation. Minister, on 20 October 2010 the Assembly agreed to a motion that asked you to provide to the Assembly by February 2011 certain information and plans in relation to the tourism industry. Minister, what directions have you given to your department to prepare the information and plans that have been requested by the Assembly’s motion?

MR BARR: Of course this work is whole-of-government, so it is being coordinated by the Chief Minister’s Department, where Australian Capital Tourism sits. A number of elements of that work relate to the Land Development Agency and land release. So that is appropriately also within the purview of Land and Property Services. But I can advise the member that work is underway and we will report to the Assembly in the new year.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what consultations have you or the various departments had with relevant organisations about plans for new attractions in the ACT?

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