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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2170 ..

(1) The development of this site has not been delayed 3 years.

The process for the development of Block1 Section 84 (the car park) and Block 2 Section 84 (the Griffin and Youth Centres) commenced in July 1998.

To date, the process has involved an Expressions of Interest and Request for Tender, Deed of Agreement, Preliminary Assessment, Master plan, road closures and a variation to the Territory Plan.

A Holding Lease and Deed of Agreement was issued to Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) for Block 1 in October 2001. The lease for Block 2 was delayed pending finalisation of the variation to the Territory Plan. As this has been gazetted, a lease will be issued for that part of the site shortly.

QIC has submitted a draft Implementation Plan for the infrastructure works. Agency comments have been referred to the developer for consideration. Once this is resolved, a Development Application will be submitted for formal approval and work on the infrastructure should commence shortly thereafter.

A central element of the release of this land was the early replacement of the community facilities. The Department of Disabilities, Housing and Community Services and the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services have both conducted extensive and ongoing consultation with community facility users, tenants and building managers, on community needs and design issues for the new Griffin and Youth Centres. Both centres are currently at Preliminary Design stage.

(2) The site was sold by tender. The Territory did indicate in the tender documentation that as a general guideline, it was expected that work on all stages to commence within 5 years of the lease being granted.

The term of the Holding Lease, 60 months, is consistent with the tender documentation. The lease states that the works required by the development deed should be completed within the term of the lease.

It is possible to take action under the Holding Lease and the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 in the event that it is considered that the provisions in the Holding Lease are not being met.

Such action is not appropriate at this time, however, the situation will be monitored.

Bushfires-recovery assistance

(Question No 633)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Chief Minister, upon notice:

Concerning the January 18 bushfires:

(1) What steps have been taken by government to assist residents with severely damaged homes, including smoke damaged, in effected suburbs.

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