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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 370 ..

Kippax-Fitness and Leisure Centre, and library (Question No 358)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

(1) What is the current status in relation to the proposed development of the centre.

(2) What is the current status in relation to a new and permanent library for Kippax.

(3) What is the current status of the former Kippax Fitness and Leisure Centre that has been closed and unused now for over a year.

(4) Can you advise whether you have received any advice as to whether there is any danger to adjoining buildings should the former closed Kippax Fitness and Leisure Centre be damaged by fire, and specifically what danger would there be to the Kippax Library which is in very close proximity to that particular building.

Mr Corbell: The answers to the member's questions are as follows:

A Government agency working group consisting of Health, Community Services and Urban Services representatives is currently considering issues relating to the development of commercial and community facilities in Kippax.

A brief to Government is expected early in the new year and this will be followed by community consultation about the options.

    Design funding is provided in the 2002/03 budget. Once the site selection process described above is completed detailed design of the new library will begin. Construction of the new Kippax library facility will be considered in the context of the 2003/4 ACT budget.

    Since the closure of the Fitness and Leisure Centre PALM has communicated with the lessee regarding repair and maintenance of the building on Block 51 and the expiry of development covenants on Block 50. PALM also advised them of a possible action to enforce the lease provisions, including termination of the lease. The lessee has responded by submitting a proposal to redevelop the consolidated blocks and is going through the initial phase of the

    High Quality Sustainable Design process and has also been required to prepare a preliminary assessment (PA) because the proposal removes the former recreational uses on site. The proposal is to redevelop the site mainly for residential purposes with some commercial use along the street. The lessee's architect presented the concept to the West Belconnen LAPAC on

    26 November 2002.

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