Page 1316 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 5 May 2015

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, why has it taken so long to proceed with the agreed master planning of these two important areas?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Wall for the supplementary question. It does take time to get these master plans into place and organised. There is quite a deal of work that goes into the master planning process and it all has relevance. So some larger areas have been identified for master planning work before the smaller areas such as group centres like Calwell or rural areas like Tharwa.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: What consultation and communication have taken place between the ACT government and residents and business owners in Calwell and Tharwa village about the proposed master plans?

MR GENTLEMAN: There have been a number of conversations between me personally and business owners and the community in both Tharwa and Calwell, and the directorate has also had conversations with the business community and the community in general.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, when did the most recent communication take place, from both you and the directorate, with the traders at Calwell?

MR GENTLEMAN: I received a brief from the directorate in regard to the master planning process roughly two weeks ago.

Expenditure review—concessions

MS LAWDER: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, on 17 March this year you announced public consultation on an expenditure review of the ACT’s concessions program. The discussion paper states, “All input received will be made publicly available on the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate website.” The last day of public consultation was weeks ago, on 10 April. Minister, why have you not released the submissions received during public consultation?

MR BARR: It is the government’s intention to make that information available, but in the intervening couple of weeks those submissions and the various issues pertaining to the concessions program have been the subject of cabinet consideration. The government will make further announcements in relation to the concessions program in due course.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

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