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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2021) . . Page.. 322 ..


MR GENTLEMAN: As I mentioned in my answer, the products were removed from sale, so they have not been sold.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, how many mistakes will occur before your department starts adhering to the Territory Records Act?

MR GENTLEMAN: None of those accessories were sold. As I said, they identified the items for sale and brought them back into the directorate.

Planning—green space

MR CAIN: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. My question concerns Margaret Timpson Park in Belconnen town centre, a park that is not only popular with locals but also memorialises the important work of an influential leader of the women’s movement in Canberra. An article published by CityNews on 8 December last year discussed community concerns that part of Margaret Timpson Park may be encroached upon by an adjacent development. Minister, will the government commit to protecting the green space at Margaret Timpson Park and other green spaces in Belconnen?

MR GENTLEMAN: Belconnen has been the subject of master planning that I have been involved with for quite some time. It is important that we protect green spaces in Belconnen, as well as identifying those areas that can be subject to development in the future. We do that with both the master planning process and precinct plans. There is a very strong theme in government and in EPSDD to ensure that we have enough green space across the territory, and we will continue with that action.

MR CAIN: Minister, what plans does the government have in place to maintain the amenity and accessibility of Margaret Timpson Park to ensure that it remains a key green space for the people of Belconnen?

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, it is not being built on. It is, as you have heard, the former health centre. We intend to keep it as a green space.

MRS KIKKERT: What plans does the government have to ensure that green spaces like this across Belconnen are enhanced rather than left to deteriorate, as is currently happening across Canberra?

MR GENTLEMAN: I guess the best way is to keep it as a park and ensure that it does continue as a green space. We have learnt from the people of Belconnen, as we have done the master planning process and precinct plans, what they would like to see for the future. I want to thank them for their comments. We will continue with the theme of ensuring that green space remains across the ACT.

Budget—Parks and Conservation Service

MR PETTERSSON: My question is also to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, what support is the government providing for the Parks and Conservation Service?


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