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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 March 2015) . . Page.. 822 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, has the ACT government at any time offered any compensation or financial contribution to the developer of this project, Elementus Energy?

MR CORBELL: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what discussions have you had with the Minister for Planning about this project since the DA was lodged, and have you ever requested that it be called in?

MR CORBELL: It would not be for me to ask that the development be called in; that would be a matter for the proponent. In relation to discussions I have had with the Minister for Planning, I speak to the Minister for Planning about a broad range of matters. That is as it should be.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what discussions have taken place with residents of Uriarra Village about the proposal to build a large-scale solar project a hundred metres from their homes since the DA was lodged?

MR CORBELL: I am not involved in those particular processes. With regard to the achievement of development approval for the site under the government’s solar auction process, the responsibility for that rests entirely with the proponent. It is the responsibility of the proponent and, once the Planning and Development Act processes are engaged, the responsibility of the Planning and Land Authority, to notify residents and to engage appropriately through the processes set out under the Planning and Development Act.

Skywhale—sale

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, when was the government made aware that Global Ballooning, the owner of the Skywhale, is up for sale?

MR BARR: We were not. I certainly was not. The first I heard about it was when I read it in the paper.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Chief Minister, what due diligence was conducted on Global Ballooning before the government gifted the Skywhale to that company?

MR BARR: The usual due diligence associated with government procurement, Madam Speaker.


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