Page 2450 - Week 08 - Thursday, 6 August 2015

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MS LAWDER: Chief Minister, why did Telopea school only learn of the loss of their grounds in early 2015 when it was apparently known to the Services Club much earlier than this?

MR BARR: I reject the premise of the question from Ms Lawder. There has been no loss; no decision has been taken at this point. There are a range of options that are before the government. Information was provided to the school community through the school board—

Opposition members interjecting—


MR BARR: and through engagement with the education directorate.

Planning—Manuka precinct

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, what discussions has the ACT government had with Defence Housing Australia over their desire to construct apartments on the site currently occupied by Mocca?

MR BARR: Defence Housing Australia are, of course, looking to expand their portfolio in various locations around the city as there is demand within the defence community, within the Australian defence forces, for more accommodation in the ACT. They have sought discussions with the territory government in relation to the construction of housing in joint ventures on a number of different sites across the ACT including this one.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Chief Minister, what is the current maximum height restriction for residential dwellings in the Manuka shopping precinct?

MR BARR: I will need to check the detail of that, but one would imagine two to three storeys.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, will the Land Development Agency or another ACT government entity conduct community consultations on the construction of apartments and licensed premises in the Manuka shopping precinct?

MR BARR: Were such a proposal to be put forward, the proponents would, in this circumstance, be the partnership between the Services Club, the Canberra Club and Defence Housing Australia. They would lodge a development application and there would be consultation in relation to that development application. The development application would be lodged to the planning directorate.

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