Page 1556 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 May 2006

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MR HARGREAVES: How would you know, Mr Pratt? You and intellect have never been introduced.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hargreaves! Come to the subject matter of the question.

MR HARGREAVES: I am trying to, Mr Speaker, but there is a rabble over there.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Pratt, cease interjecting.

Mrs Burke: You have not read the report.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Burke, you have not stopped interjecting since you asked the question. Please be quiet. Mr Hargreaves, come to the subject matter of the question or sit down.

Belconnen to Civic busway

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, in your press release dated 14 January 2005 you stated that construction of the Civic to Belconnen busway could begin in late 2006. Minister, now that millions of dollars have been spent on investigative work on the project, are you able to inform the Assembly of whether construction will commence this year and, if not, when you now expect it will go ahead?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Seselja for the question. Detailed planning and analysis of preferred routes for a transitway or busway between the city and Belconnen are still being conducted by the ACT Planning and Land Authority. That planning work, due to the detailed environmental assessment that needs to be done in relation to a number of the routes, will continue into the next financial year, and as such there will be no government decision on whether or not this project should proceed until that planning work is complete.

Planning—Narrabundah long-stay caravan park

DR FOSKEY: My question is to the Minister for Planning. It concerns the Narrabundah long-stay caravan park. Minister, given that the land title to the caravan park is still in the name of Koomarri, it is clearly not too late for them and the new owners to walk away from the sale. In order to make matters clear to the new owners and the Canberra community, will you assure the Assembly that you have no intention of lifting the lease purpose clause, which requires that the block continue to be used as a caravan park, and that you are committed to using all the resources at your disposal to ensure that it continues to be the home of existing residents?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Foskey for the question. As I understand it, the ACT Registrar-General’s Office has not yet received notification of the change of title by the certificate being changed to another owner’s name. But I understand that the transaction has been completed, so the registration of a new certificate of title is merely a formality, which I anticipate and imagine the new owners would be progressing in the usual manner. I cannot comment on whether or not it is too late or not too late for the owner and the previous owner of the caravan park to walk away from their arrangement.

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