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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 25 November 2014) . . Page.. 3972 ..


MS GALLAGHER: No, that is completely wrong.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, come to order!

MS GALLAGHER: I challenge you on that, Mr Hanson. It is not the same as 2010 at all. It is not the same. It does not involve the same individuals at all and the same detail of those issues.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: If Mr Hanson would actually show some interest and would like a briefing on it, I would be happy. But he has not asked for one. He shows no interest in the matter at all. It is being appropriately dealt with by managers, and the Assembly must let the director-general deal with it. That is what they are employed to do. They need to be allowed the space and the time to deal with it.

Planning—Stirling

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Planning, regarding the property at 10 McKail Crescent in Stirling. Minister, this property was purchased after fire damage over three years ago. Since that time the property has become nothing but an eyesore and a community danger. It has a large temporary fence around the property, stretching right out to the road, shipping containers and rubbish skips are stored on the front yard, the grass is long and it is a fire danger. I have had reports of snakes in the backyard, and there is a stagnant swimming pool full of mosquitoes, as well as rats roaming the property, and a dog had to be rescued recently.

In July constituents reported that they had been informed by the government that the owner had 30 days to clean up the site. In September this year you stated that the “property had deteriorated to the point that the building is currently likely to be unfit for any kind of use and may be a danger to health as a result of the fire”. You also stated that the lessee had been given a first warning and that they were again given 30 days to respond.

Minister, what action will you now take to ensure that this property is cleared of health and other hazards, and why have residents of Stirling had to live with this danger and eyesore for over three years with little action from you or your predecessors?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mrs Jones for her question on that property in Stirling. EPD officials have been quite active in looking at that property and have written to the property owner requesting remediation of that area to make it suitable for the surrounding landscape. I will chase up the current situation and come back to you.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, will the property be cleaned up by Christmas?


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