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(33) Options for future ESA Headquarters are being considered by government.

(34) At approximately 17:15 the Comcen followed procedures and informed all units that the full operations had been restored.

(35) ABC Canberra reporter Kathryn Roberts contacted the ESA Manger of Media and Community Information at approximately 5:15pm on Thursday 13 January 2005. She stated that the ABC had been told the ESA had just had a blackout and that it had lost the ability to receive triple 000 calls for half an hour or an hour. She was advised that ‘there has been a blackout or power problem of some sort at the ESA this afternoon but this has not resulted in the loss of ability to receive triple 000 calls.’ The reporter was satisfied with this answer.

(Question No 215)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 8 March 2005:

(1) What re-negotiations have been made relating to the ACT Division of the Australian Railway Historical Society’s lease on the site adjacent to the Kingston Foreshore located in Section 49, Block 3;

(2) How much will the increase in rent for the site be;

(3) What will be the increase in costs associated with utility bills such as electricity;

(4) Under what provisions can the Society utilise the former Canberra Rail Freight Centre.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The site in question is actually known as part Block 2 Section 47 Fyshwick which was surrendered on 1 November 2000 by NSW State Rail, with several occupants including the Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS) to the Territory. In association with the planning studies for the East Lake area, which includes this site, the ARHS has been advised of the possibility of redevelopment of the area occurring in the medium to longer term. However, in the interim, a three-year licence with the option of a further three-year term is currently being negotiated with the ARHS. Should the need arise for the ARHS to relocate, an alternative site, Block 3 Section 19 Hume, has been tentatively identified and agreed by the ARHS as a possible future location for the railway museum.

(2) The ARHS is currently occupying part Block 2 Section 47 Fyshwick without any licence arrangements and consequently, since November 2000, has not been paying rent to the Territory, all previous rent having been paid to NSW State Rail. Due to the ongoing negotiations, which are being delayed by the ARHS failure to finalise its insurance requirements, the Territory has not received any rent. However, the rental value based on the use of the site and temporary licence term has been obtained and a rental of $ 500.00 pa will apply. The land value of the site being $1,050,000.

(3) The ARHS has not been charged for utilities since their occupation of the site as the electricity costs were previously paid by the tenant of the former Freight Centre, Robbo’s Pet Barn, until that business relocated. NSW State Rail paid all other rates, including

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