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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 6 December 2011) . . Page.. 5701 ..


MS HUNTER: Minister, what consultation and coordination is undertaken by your directorate with the LDA to ensure that any approved developments are consistent with LDA contractual and lease conditions for the Kingston foreshore area?

MR CORBELL: Appropriate interaction exists between the two government agencies in relation to that matter.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, given that the Kingston arts precinct master plan has not yet been finalised, is it appropriate that third party appeals for the area have already been precluded?

MR CORBELL: The two issues are not related. I note that the Greens are concerned about this issue, but of course it was the Greens that left a fabulous community arts centre, Megalo, to hang out to dry. The Liberals and the Greens left Megalo to hang out to dry when they decided to stop Megalo moving into the Fitters Workshop at Kingston. The Greens took action that meant that Megalo has had to cancel a whole range of very important activities.

Ms Bresnan: A point of order.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan. One moment, minister.

MR CORBELL: It is directly relevant, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Minister, one moment. Stop the clocks, thank you.

Ms Bresnan: My question was actually about the master plan and if it was appropriate for third party appeals for the area to have been precluded.

MR SPEAKER: Minister, it has been suggested to me that you are reflecting on a previous vote, which I am sure you are not seeking to do. It would be unfortunate if you did.

MR CORBELL: I am not reflecting on the vote, Mr Speaker. I am simply making the point that a decision by the Greens to refuse Megalo moving into the Fitters Workshop had a direct impact on Megalo. And there is no doubt about that.

In relation to the question that has been asked of me, the answer is that, yes, it was entirely appropriate to exclude third party appeals in that area. But that does not preclude community consultation. That does not preclude community notification. It is a great pity that the Greens did not engage in that sort of consultation and notification themselves before they decided to shut out Megalo from the Fitters Workshop.


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