Page 2453 - Week 08 - Thursday, 6 August 2015

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numbers. It has been discussed about the size of the school and whether it has a student-to-land ratio area. It is not the school with the highest population. We can accommodate this. I understand that the school does not want to lose its tennis courts, which is why this government has made a commitment of $800,000 to invest in new recreational facilities. Not every child at Telopea school accesses the tennis courts. There are 12 classes, as I understand, per week. That is a lot of students who are not using the tennis courts. There are a lot of schools across our community that would welcome an $800,000 investment.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, I will ask again. Mr Wall’s question was: was the school principal instructed to not advise the school community when the transfer was being processed? That is the question we are asking you.

MS BURCH: That is not my understanding.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what alternative options do parents have if their children cannot attend Telopea school?

MS BURCH: If they are primary school students, they can access the other grand public education schools that are available. Red Hill and Forrest are open to parents in the area, Mr Doszpot.


MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Planning. The Canberra Times, on 24 July, reported that a development in Dickson section 72 will be going ahead, with a draft territory plan variation to be released shortly for consultation. A letter in the Canberra Times on 28 July from Caroline Le Couteur of Downer said the LDA had implied to community representatives that the territory plan variation was “months away”. Minister, when will the draft territory plan variation be released?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Coe for his question. It is a very topical subject for Dickson and north Canberra residents. As you are aware, the territory plan variation consultation started some time ago. The directorate has been involved—both LDA and EPD have been involved—with the community over at least a year now in consultation with what should occur at the site of section 72 in Dickson.

As you would remember, it was part of an old club and there was also some urban open space. The rezoning of the 72 section is to include residential use. That is to be included as part of the first omnibus territory plan variation, and that began last year as well. The community council was talked to in August last year as part of the community drop-off. In both instances, the consultation was deemed ineffective due to overriding concern that a temporary car park was needed for that area near the pool.

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