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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (14 October) . . Page.. 3158 ..

MR SPEAKER: You have been here long enough to know that the Minister can answer the question as he sees fit.

MR SMYTH: The member has asked about the status of the report. I am saying that we are still talking with the firm. I have had discussions recently with the firm. We now have to consider whether the changes to the way that our refineries are working and the sort of diesel that they are now producing, which hopefully will be cheaper than it currently is, will result in a more viable alternative to natural gas. I am not sure whether the report has been completed and handed to the department. I do not believe I have seen a final copy but I will check with the department and get back to the member.

Charnwood High School Redevelopment - Safe Injecting Room

MR RUGENDYKE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Health Minister, Mr Moore. Minister, residents of Charnwood are concerned about persistent rumours that the redevelopment of the old Charnwood High School site might include a safe injecting room or shooting gallery, as it is colloquially known. Can the Minister please inform the Assembly of how many of these places he plans to establish if granted Assembly approval, and is Charnwood identified as a site for one of them?

MR MOORE: One, in Civic; and no.

MR RUGENDYKE: I have a supplementary question. In that case, I presume the Minister is able to provide an assurance to the Charnwood community that a shooting gallery will not appear in their suburb.

MR MOORE: I do not understand what part of the answer "No" you do not understand, Mr Rugendyke.

Mr Rugendyke: Just say "Yes".

MR MOORE: It will not appear in Charnwood.

Kambah - Service Station Redevelopment

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for planning. I refer to development application 995242 for block 1, section 347, Kambah. That is the site of the Caltex service station at the corner of Drakeford Drive and Marconi Crescent, and the Minister probably drives past it often. He would know the circumstances I am about to question him on as there has been a great deal of local comment. The development application seeks to vary the lease to allow for a service station and, additionally, for a shop and for personal services, which are a drycleaner and a photo processor. Minister, what is going on here? The work has long been finished and the shops have been operating for most of the year.

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