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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 November 2021) . . Page.. 3857 ..


MR BARR: I do not believe so, other than representatives of the university.

MR CAIN: Chief Minister, do you agree that these additional high density dwellings in the Canberra apartment market highlight the contrasting restrictions you are putting on the supply of land for other types of dwelling?

MR BARR: No, Madam Speaker. Mr Cain, you draw a few long bows in some of your questions, but that one I think sets a new world record and certainly a new record for Mr Cain in question time.

Mrs Jones: I have the longest one in history! He’s joining greatness, Mr Barr.

MR BARR: He has, indeed, set a personal best! It’s his personal best. That would be, for opposition backbenchers from the electorate of Ginninderra, a world record!

Heritage—national parks huts

MS CASTLEY: My question is to the environment and heritage minister. The heritage-listed Demandering hut and Max and Bert Oldfields hut were destroyed at Namadgi National Park during the 2019-20 summer bushfires. There have been media reports that your government will not rebuild the huts, while, across the border, the New South Wales government is rebuilding almost all of its damaged huts following its own assessment. The media has also reported that your government commissioned a report into the issue, which it refuses to release. Minister why won't you release the secret report into these historic huts?

MR GENTLEMAN: As Minister for Planning and Land Management, and as the minister with responsibility for parks, I will take that question. These huts sit on Namadgi National Park land, as you hear in the question. We certainly have had a look at whether we can rebuild the huts or whether we may have to leave those remnants in place as a heritage item, and build some replication alongside them or in the general vicinity of those original huts. So conversations have been had with the National Parks Association and the directorate on the way forward for the huts.

Ms Castley: I have a point of order. The question was: why won’t the minister release the report into the historic huts?

MADAM SPEAKER: I think the Minister has concluded his answer.

MS CASTLEY: I have a supplementary question. Minister, will you release the report today, given the public interest in the issue, the historic importance of these huts and their heritage value?

MR GENTLEMAN: Consultation is ongoing with the huts association and heritage experts on the huts. Those reports that I discussed have not been finalised. I cannot see any reason why we would not release them in the future, but at the moment they are quite organic.


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