Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 9 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 2907 ..
QUESTION ON NOTICE
Residential Development - Kingston Bowling Club Site
2) If so, was it in return for an undertaking or indication from the developer that he or a related developer or another of the same developer's companies would withdraw from the Tuggeranong Homestead lease?
Mr Humphries - The answer to the member's question is as follows:
I should explain some history of this matter to fully answer the member's question.
On coming to office, I was lobbied by residents of Kingston to prevent the development of medium density housing on the site of the former Kingston Women's Bowling Club. I undertook to consider this issue.
While doing so, I was incidentally approached by members of Minders of Tuggeranong Homestead (MOTH) to facilitate access to the Tuggeranong Homestead site for the purposes of an open day. The then-occupant of the Tuggeranong Homestead was the applicant for development of the Bowling Club site (Mr and Mrs Anderson).
I contacted Mr Anderson and asked him to facilitate the access sought. He agreed, but asked in return that I make a decision quickly on the issue of the Bowling Club site. I agreed to this request, but did not give him any undertaking as to the outcome.
For reasons which were subsequently outlined in full to the Assembly, I declined to prevent the development of the Bowling Club site. The principal reason for this decision was the approval of a variation to the Crown Lease to allow medium density and multiple-unit dwellings on 5 May 1994 by the former Labor Government. As I explained to the Assembly in June 1995, to not grant the approval may have left the Territory exposed to a considerable liability.