Page 280 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 15 February 2012

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redevelop the Hawker shopping precinct will be placed on hold for three years should be seen as a win for the community by the community.

It has been three years and a long hard battle fought by the residents of Hawker and most specifically the friends of Hawker village. I find Ms Porter’s comments in this week’s Chronicle to be offensive to the many individuals who genuinely worked hard for their community. Ms Porter was in lock-step with the government throughout the process and now claims that she supported the community in having this process put on hold.

I think that is offensive to all who went to the meetings or consultations and saw her endorsement of what the government was doing. At a community meeting that was organised by my colleague Vicki Dunne and I on 8 July 2010, the overwhelming sentiment of the 100 plus residents that attended was that there was not proper consultation on the large-scale changes that were being proposed. At another meeting which I facilitated just last month there was still a feeling that the community’s feedback was being overlooked by the government.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the friends of Hawker village: the convenor, Bill Kearney, Warren Prince, Robyn Coghlan, Margo Saunders, Tony Wing and Chris Gyngell and the many other Hawker residents and traders, including Ron from Ron’s Book Shop, who worked tirelessly in the interests of the community.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 9.31 pm.

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