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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 22 February 2018) . . Page.. 611 ..

not actually state whether he had seen the budget, which is a very important part of the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: From memory in the minister’s earlier answer he made reference to the fact that trips have budgets and that is stock standard process. Mr Gentleman, do you have more to add?


MR WALL: Minister, are you not ultimately responsible for the decisions of your directorate; therefore why will you not take responsibility for the decision regarding a $2,400 dinner bill?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have been open to the public, but I am responsible for the decision, and it was my responsibility for the particular dinner. So Mr Wall is incorrect in his statement that I have not taken that responsibility.

Public housing—Chapman

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. I refer to the decision last week to approve development application 201732687 to place supportive housing on block 1 section 45 in Chapman. This block falls within the bushfire-prone area, and consequently conditions were imposed on the DA by ACT Fire & Rescue. Minister, was the ACT Rural Fire Service consulted on this development application and, if so, what special conditions did they require to be applied to the supportive housing development?

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, it would be appropriate for me to take that since it relates particularly to the development application for those properties. I can say that this DA in block 1 section 45 was lodged on 11 October 2017. The notification period for the proposal commenced on 20 October and was publicly notified for five weeks until 4 November. During the notification period, 83 representations were received. Concerns included registered trees, community consultation, access to shops, services and public transport, water pressure, use of community land and bushfire risk. Concerns have been considered by the planning and land authority, and where necessary conditions have been imposed on the development.

Mrs Jones: Point of order.


Mrs Jones: On the question, on relevance, the question was whether the Rural Fire Service was consulted, and that was not touched on at all in the minister’s answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mrs Jones. You have a minute left, minister.

MR GENTLEMAN: RFS were consulted through the ESA.

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