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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 404 ..

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) Yes.

    The application has been referred to a variety of agencies for consideration.


    The Authority has agreed in principle to prepare a Draft Amendment to the National Capital Plan subject to the Territory Government advising that it is prepared to lease the required land to the lessee of the existing zoo site.

    Before proceeding to prepare and release a Draft Amendment the Authority has requested:

    confirmation that the Territory supports the direct grant of a lease to the proposed lessee;

    an assessment that demonstrates that the proposal is both financial and physically feasible;

    a masterplan that addresses such issues as layout, access, the nature and location of uses, landscape, staging, safety measures, visual impact and the like.

    The Authority also advised that the approval of the Draft Amendment ultimately rests with Parliament and that no action which is dependent on the approval of the Draft Amendment should be taken until the disallowance period in the Parliament has elapsed. Specifically, the Draft Amendment would need to be finalised before a lease is granted.

    (5) I have held no meetings with the Zoo or the Authority on this matter. I do not know whether the Zoo has met with the Authority.

    (6) The application is being considered by Government and a decision will be made shortly.

    Belconnen indoor swimming pool complex (Question No 397)

    Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

    In relation to the Belconnen indoor swimming pool complex:

    (1) Where is the project up to.

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