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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (5 March) . . Page.. 548 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

alignment. We are in ongoing discussion with representatives of the Sports Commission and the AIS as to the issues that they have raised concerns about. We have agreed that we will continue to work through those issues through the assessment process which is currently under way.

MRS CROSS: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. I would like to ask the minister: if you are going through ongoing discussions with the AIS, when were you planning to advise this Assembly on the outcomes of those discussions?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I will advise the Assembly of the outcome of those discussions when those discussions are completed. They are not yet completed.

Callam Street realignment

MS TUCKER: My question to the Minister for Planning relates to the proposal to realign Callam Street in Woden with Athllon Drive and, in the process, free up territory land next to the Southern Cross Club redevelopment. Minister, I understand that the Southern Cross Club applied to the former government to purchase by direct grant the land next to the club in return for the club meeting the cost of constructing the new alignment of Callam Street.

Could you tell us if any formal agreement exists between the government and the club about the purchase of the land and, if so, when was this agreement made, how much money is the club proposing to pay for the land, and how does this compare with the government's assessment of the value of the land and the roadworks?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, as I understand it, a deed of agreement was offered to the Southern Cross Club by the former government prior to the election in October last year. I further understand that that deed has subsequently been accepted by the Southern Cross Club. I do not have to hand the other details that Ms Tucker asks for and I will endeavour to get those before the finish of question time today.

However, I think it is important to note very clearly that what this government is doing in relation to the Callam Street alignment is something which those opposite would in no way have done. They would not have done it because they were moving ahead without any hesitation on the Callam Street realignment. The former minister had made the offer, the arrangement had gone through, and there had been no discussion with the Phillip Traders Association on the issue.

It is of interest to me that Mrs Cross is now out there seeking to make political capital on the issue when it was her party that put the Phillip Traders in this position in the first place.

Mrs Cross: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I need to remind the minister that he was on the standing committee that recommended this proposal.

MR SPEAKER: That is not a point of order.

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