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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 6 August 2015) . . Page.. 2451 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, when is a decision to be made on the construction of apartments and a licensed club on this site? The community seems to know more about this through word of mouth, but we would like to know when this decision is going to be made on the construction of apartments and a licensed club on this site.

MR BARR: A development application would need to be lodged. That would be the point at which construction would take place. I can make the following observations, though. There will be no move of Mocca until a new facility is constructed. So one would anticipate, given the time frames associated with the construction of new facilities, that this would be a number of years away; a number of years away.

Planning—Manuka precinct

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, on 10 July, on Chief Minister talkback on ABC radio, you stated that land swap arrangements were occurring because the Canberra Services Club lacks the capacity to rebuild its club on the existing site. Why is the Mocca site a more affordable and financially viable option?

MR BARR: Because its development partners and its location within the Manuka group centre would allow for a different style of development.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, what consideration was given to rebuilding the Services Club on its existing site under the same financial arrangements that are planned for the club on the Mocca site?

MR BARR: That is largely a question for the Services Club but my understanding is that the type of development and the development partnership that they are seeking with Defence Housing Australia would not be able to be constructed on the former site of the Services Club.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, why was the relocation of the Services Club a higher priority than the inevitable bankruptcy of a longstanding community childcare organisation and reduction of a school’s playing fields?

MR BARR: I reject the premise of your question, Mr Doszpot; that is not what the government is seeking to do. The government is seeking to work with a number of different community organisations to achieve the following goals: a new home for the Services Club that was tragically destroyed by a fire more than four years ago now; recognition that there is increased demand for child care in the inner south of Canberra and that new and expanded childcare facilities will need to be created; and to ensure that the future development of Manuka Oval can occur.

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