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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2666 ..

MR HIRD (continuing):

vital to get the master plan right. We do not walk away from that. But we have a heard of the disappointment of the people of the village of Hall that planning issues within the village and for Kinlyside are continuing to progress while at the same time the master plan appears to be stalled.

Mr Speaker, the committee believes that the village of Hall master plan should be completed as a matter of urgency and that it should incorporate the following elements:

the buffer zone between the village of Hall and the future development in Kinlyside should be at least 500 metres;

there should be no direct vehicle road link between the village and Kinlyside;

detailed and comprehensive attention should be given to the issue of traffic, parking and safety in Victoria Street in the village of Hall;

the proposed subdivision of the north-western side of Hall should not take place; and

to the maximum extent possible consideration of further development application should take close heed of our recommendations.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone who gave evidence to the committee on this issue. I would like to specially mention of the work of the Hall and District Progress Association for the tireless efforts its members have made to ensure that the village retains its special place in the ACT community. I would also like to thank officers of PALM who greatly assisted us, my colleagues Mr Rugendyke and Mr Corbell, also the secretary, Mr Rod Power. I commend the report to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.33 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice


MR STANHOPE: My question is to the Chief Minister. In response to question on notice No 373, the Chief Minister said:

I am advised that if Fern Hill Park becomes the chosen site, then it is proposed John Hindmarsh (ACT) will procure a crown lease over the site on behalf of ACTTAB.

Will the Chief Minister advise the Assembly why ACTTAB is contemplating paying approximately $2.4 million for a building at Fern Hill Park while John Hindmarsh (ACT) will apparently retain ownership of the lease over the site?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, there is a proposal, as members are probably aware, for ACTTAB to relocate to a different place in the ACT. There are a number of inadequacies in their present headquarters in Dickson and ACTTAB therefore for some time has been considering moving to other premises. The decision that ACTTAB has made has been to explore options for moving and they have indicated that they would prefer at present-this is not yet a settled decision, I emphasise-to locate to a new site at Fern Hill.

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