Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 October 2017) . . Page.. 4225 ..
The government made arrangements to ensure that car parking in the Dickson area would not be further impacted by the sale of the Dickson Tradies car park. To limit the impact on parking, the government included a clause in the contract that settled on the sale of the Dickson Tradies car park site that that could not occur until development had been completed and a certificate of occupancy had been granted for the development of the nearby car park site: block 21 section 30. Because the development of that block had been delayed and is yet to start, the settlement for the Dickson Tradies car park site is still some way off.
MRS JONES: Minister, has the government received payment of $3.2 million for the neighbouring car park from the Tradies? If not, when will it do so?
MR GENTLEMAN: That is a matter to be dealt with economic development but I am very pleased that I was able to make that announcement yesterday. I think it is very important that we are able to deliver on section 72 Dickson. It is going to be a fantastic opportunity for social housing and community housing and the opportunity, I think, for mixed use as well and perhaps some private—
Mr Wall: Point of order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, please.
Mr Wall: Madam Speaker, the point of order goes to relevance. The Minister was asked: “Has the government received the $3.2 million for the neighbouring car park from the CFMEU, from the Tradies group?” not “What is the alternative Dickson block being used for?”
MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Wall. You raised that point of order 20 seconds into the answer. You have a minute plus to respond, Mr Gentleman.
MR GENTLEMAN: As I said at the beginning of my supplementary answer, it is a matter for Economic Development to deal with and they are dealing with that. As I said, it is very important that we allow section 72 to be constructed with the views of the Canberra community at the base of that consultation. That is what I announced yesterday, a new opportunity for the Canberra community to come on board and to talk about what they want to see on section 72.
Mr Coe: It is a different site.
Mrs Jones: Different site.
MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, it was referred to in the question. I was very pleased to see the North Canberra Community Council come on board and say that they are really encouraged by that opportunity.
Mr Coe: Point of order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Is there a point of order, Mr Coe?