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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 August 2015) . . Page.. 2527 ..

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Ministerial response

The Clerk: The following response to a petition has been lodged by a minister:

By Mr Gentleman, Minister for Planning, dated 10 August 2015, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Coe on 2 June 2015 concerning Giralang shops.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Planning—Giralang shops—petition No 7-15

The response read as follows:

Thank you for your letter of 2 June 2015 about petition No. 7-15 lodged by Mr Coe, MLA on behalf of 192 Australian Capital Territory residents.

I understand the petition brings to the attention of the Assembly that Giralang has been without local shops for a decade, and that the petitioners request the Assembly to express their support for the completion, as soon as possible, of the full approved development of the shops currently under construction. Further, they call upon the Assembly to enact legislation, to limit further legal appeal by those opposing the development.

The redevelopment of Giralang shops is currently subject to judicial review in the ACT Court of Appeal.

This matter has been the subject of an ongoing and drawn out appeal involving the ACT Supreme Court, the ACT Court of Appeal and the High Court since its approval in 2011.

On 10 December 2014, the High Court ordered that the matter be remitted to the ACT Court of Appeal for further hearing on limited grounds.

Written submissions have been made and the matter was heard in the ACT Court of Appeal on 30 July 2015.

A decision of the Court is reserved at this time.

During the course of these proceedings, the ACT Government has made all possible efforts to emphasise the significant delays caused by the legal action, and the resultant impacts on the Giralang community.

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