Page 2966 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 15 September 2015

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Montgomery Oval is owned by the ACT Government, and Telopea Park School currently uses the site for sporting lessons. ETD agreed to its transfer to the LDA on 28 January 2015, and the school was informed on 17 February 2015. MOCCA was informed of the new site in February 2015 and greeted the announcement positively.

The Office of the Coordinator General, responsible for delivering the project, has investigated alternative locations for MOCCA. The Office identified Blocks 33, 39 and part of Block 34, Section 78, Griffith, behind the Griffith Shops on Throsby Lane, as an alternative site. Investigations will continue to facilitate MOCCA’s relocation to this site.

As the tennis courts at Montgomery Oval are no longer required for MOCCA, the lease will be granted to ETD. In the spirit of maintaining access to open space in the inner south, the tennis courts will be available for use by the whole community.

Planning—Campbell service station—petition No 8-15

The response read as follows:

Thank you for your letter regarding Petition No. 8-15 about the state of the old Campbell service station site.

The petition requests the Assembly take immediate action to require the lessee make the service station site safe and secure; maintains site security and cleanliness and brings forward a Development Application for the site.

In response to the requests I can advise a project to erect a solid fence around the Campbell service station site commenced in early August 2015. A contractor has been engaged and has advised the fence will be completed in the immediate future. The purpose of the fence will be to obstruct the site from view, improving the visual amenity of the area and addressing security concerns until such time the site is redeveloped.

To enhance the visual appearance of the fence, and to give it a community feel, we will be inviting a local artist and school children from the surrounding area to paint it.

This is a privately owned block which is not under the direct control of the ACT Government. The ACT Government has no powers under the Planning and Development Act 2007 to require the owner to develop the block. It is the responsibility of the landowner to bring forth a Development Application for any future development and we have been advised by the owners that they intend to sell the property by early 2016.

On this basis, and with the abovementioned project due for completion in September, the Government considers this matter finalised.


MADAM SPEAKER: I wish to advise members that, due to the absence of the Clerk on leave, the Deputy Clerk will act as Clerk for the duration of the Clerk’s leave, which is approximately one month.

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