Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 March 2017) . . Page.. 1228 ..
MS BERRY: We want to absolutely make sure that the Holder community is part of these conversations and, importantly, that any development on that site is sympathetic and amenable to the existing community. On that site in Holder, which I have been to on a number of occasions, there is a lot of green space available on the existing oval right next to the space where we are considering public housing development as part of the public housing renewal. I am sure that Holder residents will have lots of ideas about how we can make sure that any development on that site will be sympathetic to the existing community.
MRS JONES: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, on 17 March 2016 I wrote to you about the post and antenatal depression support and information team, PANDSI. In that letter you were informed that a surveyor had attended their block at Stapylton Street, Holder and told them that the land was to be redeveloped. Chief Minister, in your letter in reply dated 13 May 2016, and a follow up dated 2 September 2016, you stated, “the government has no intention to redevelop. If the government ever considers this in the future, all tenants will be consulted.” Chief Minister, when did the government start surveying the site? When were plans first drawn up for the redevelopment of this block?
MR BARR: I will take those questions on notice.
MRS JONES: Chief Minister, how and where were tenants fully consulted before a decision was reached about the redevelopment of the PANDSI site?
MR BARR: Again I will take that question on notice.
MR HANSON: Chief Minister, is the letterbox drop that was conducted two weeks ago—which every resident in Holder did not receive—the entirety of the consultation that you promised?
MR BARR: No.
Australian public service—impact of relocations
MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, what impact does the movement of the commonwealth public service have on ACT government planning strategies for our town centres?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Cheyne for her question and, of course, her interest in this particular area. Canberra’s town centres are a critically important part of our city. The ACT government is committed to the renewal and revitalisation of Canberra’s centres.
Any potential movement of the commonwealth public service out of our town centres will have an impact, particularly in relation to the local economy. The dispersal of employment and the creation of mixed-use centres connected by quick and convenient