Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (5 December) . . Page.. 4464 ..
MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):
Mr Speaker, I think that if you speak to most policemen or policewomen in this city they will quickly acknowledge that the old clique-based operation of running the police service in this Territory was a mistake and should not be gone back to. That kind of approach is unsound. I was speaking to members of the executive of the Australian Federal Police Association the other day. They confirmed that their view is that, although on occasions there are some problems with the present system, the old system simply should not be contemplated as an alternative. We have established an operational team which is investigating leads from a recent series of armed robberies. I hope that they will turn up information. Of course, we have recently launched Crime Stoppers in the ACT. The telephone number is 1800 333 000. Note that down on your pads. People should use that number if they want to report information about major crimes in the city, or indeed any crime at all.
MS FOLLETT: I have a question for the Minister for Urban Services. Minister, given that expressions of interest were asked for in July, can you explain to the Assembly why work on the Gungahlin sports precinct has not yet begun?
MR DE DOMENICO: I cannot answer that question, Mr Speaker, but I will get the details for Ms Follett and get back to her as soon as I can.
MS FOLLETT: I ask a supplementary question. Could I ask the Minister to supplement his answer on notice. I ask the Minister whether he could also advise the Assembly what action he is taking to ensure that Gungahlin residents have speedy access to sporting facilities in their own area.
MR DE DOMENICO: Yes.
MS HORODNY: My question is to the Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning, Mr Humphries. It relates to the future of the Yarralumla Brickworks. When you closed down the brickworks site recently, it was reported in the media that there were at least three developers interested in the site. In a letter to us recently you also said that there were commercial groups interested in the Yarralumla Brickworks site. Could you tell us who these developers are and what some of the proposals for the site might be?
MR HUMPHRIES: For Ms Horodny's information, since the Yarralumla Brickworks ceased to be a brickworks 15 or 20 years ago at least, there has been continuous and intense interest in that site by all sorts of developers. In fact, I would doubt whether there is any major developer in Canberra who has not at one stage expressed an interest in wanting to do something at the Yarralumla Brickworks. I have had many expressions of interest informally about the brickworks and no doubt Mr Wood, my predecessor, had as well. There has been an approach - - -