Page 3873 - Week 12 - Thursday, 29 October 2015
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Chief Minister. In July last year I wrote to you, Chief Minister, about a disused preschool on community land in Quiros Street, Red Hill. In that reply you said:
The land is classified as community facilities land use under the Territory Plan and demand for this land is high … The government is considering a range of options to better consolidate and manage its property portfolio and I will be making further announcements in the coming months.
That was 15 months ago. Can you advise what the government’s plans are for this area and for the disused buildings?
MR BARR: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. The buildings will be demolished and the government will commence a consultation process in relation to new facilities that could be constructed on the site within its community facilities zoning land use opportunities.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, can you define what plans there are to rezone the area and, if so, for what and at what stage are they?
MR BARR: It is a real problem when members do not even listen to the answer before they then—
Mr Doszpot: I listened to the answer. You haven’t answered the question.
MR BARR: If the shadow minister had listened to my answer: I said that the government are looking at options within the existing community facility land zoning—no changes to the zoning—and we are looking at a range of options that would be permissible under the community facility land use zoning.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Chief Minister, what consultation has the government or its agencies had with the local community about potential other uses, particularly in the past 15 months?
MR BARR: There have been some preliminary discussions with the community. I signed some correspondence about an hour ago in relation to this matter, so I am very familiar with the issues that have been raised. The government has indicated, and I have indicated in that correspondence to some local residents, that we will be demolishing the buildings. That is the first step and then we will be undertaking consultation in relation to potential future uses of the site within the community facility zone.