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Land—property seizures
(Question No 2076)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 8 May 2008:

(1) Will the Minister confirm that he is pursuing and enforcing, through the ACT Government Solicitors’ Office and the Supreme Court, the seizure and sale of the property at block 45 section 37 Waramanga, the home of nearly 40 years of the family of an invalid, elderly couple and their carer son;

(2) Is the Minister willing to investigate the development approval under section 230 of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 of 29 July 1998 upon which the section 256 order was based and the above circumstances that have occurred;

(3) Will the Minister rectify this situation before it is too late to save the family and their home.

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

(1) As a matter of courtesy I will respond to the member’s questions on this occasion, however, I will not continue to respond to further questions on this matter. I can confirm that on 17 August 2004 a decision was made in the Supreme Court where costs were awarded to the Minister for Planning. The ACT Government Solicitors’ Office is pursuing those costs.

(2) As detailed in my response to Question on Notice No. 1816, I will not debate aspects of the matter that have been properly dealt with through the judicial process. This matter has been before several courts. The lessees have had a number of opportunities to argue their case. The courts have found against them.

(3) It is not a question of rectifying the situation, it is a matter of complying with the law.

(Question No 2077)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 7 May 2008:

(1) How much money has been spent on the survey being conducted by the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) on behalf of the Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) for the purposes of collecting information about ACT travel patterns and park and ride facilities;

(2) How was SMEC determined to be the company best placed to conduct this survey;

(3) Was the survey pre-approved by TAMS officials prior to being distributed or was this survey provided in SMEC’s tender submission to TAMS;

(4) How will the information collected be used and who will have access to this information;

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