Page 620 - Week 02 - Thursday, 19 February 2015

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The recent Big Bash final achieved a peak viewing audience over the course of the game of around 1.4 million. During that final over, nearly two million Australians were glued to their television sets watching the action unfold at Canberra’s Manuka Oval, under lights—under the Barr-Gillard lights. We are delighted that we have been able to deliver that for this city.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice



MR GENTLEMAN: Earlier I took a question from Ms Lawder in regard to monitoring of new lights at Sternberg Crescent near Erindale Drive. I can advise that officers from Roads monitor all new traffic lights by attending the site at peak times, and the light systems are adjusted to ensure that the timing of the lights is accurate, allowing good traffic flow through the intersection. In regard to reporting, this is an operational action matter, and no reports are generated in those instances.

Yesterday I took a question from Mrs Jones in regard to a property in Delegate Street in Kaleen. I can advise Mrs Jones that the regulator for crown leaseholds is the Chief Planning Executive, under the Planning and Development Act 2007. The enforcement powers are exercised by Access Canberra. In 2010, the regulator issued a controlled activity order, and the leaseholder appealed the order to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The regulator’s decision was affirmed, and the block was cleaned up. In 2012 the property deteriorated, and another controlled activity order was issued. The order was appealed again to the tribunal. The litigation on the matter carried over until 2013, and the block was cleaned up. In early 2014 the block became unruly again. The regulator issued a warning letter and the block was tidied up. In late 2014 the block again became unacceptable, and the regulator has commenced the process for making a formal order.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Smyth) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Wall for this sitting to enable him to attend a funeral.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Gaming—poker machines

MR RATTENBURY: Yesterday in question time I was asked by Mr Doszpot whether I had met with Mr Barr, the Chief Minister, on 13 January, and what the outcome of that meeting was. I deferred answering the question at the time in order to check my notes. I have now been able to confirm that I had a discussion with Minister Barr about those issues on 13 January. I think the outcomes of that meeting are a matter of public knowledge.

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