Page 1618 - Week 06 - Thursday, 23 July 2020

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MS LEE: Minister, when can Fyshwick businesses and locals expect to have a master plan for their area?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lee for the question. There is no provision for a master plan for Fyshwick at this stage. There are normally master plans around centric locations like town centres and those sorts of areas. Fyshwick is a commercial zone, so at the moment we have no plans for a master plan for Fyshwick.

Schools—Costello review

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Chief Minister and relates to the 2006 Costello strategic and functional review. Chief Minister, this document was the basis for closing 23 schools and preschools across Canberra, and the Kingston library, yet historically it has been kept secret for 14 years, despite many attempts for it to be publicly released to the Assembly and to committees. Chief Minister, why has the government made it so difficult for this to be released for 14 years, and why was it not proactively released after the 10-year cabinet document restriction, along with all other executive documents?

Opposition members interjecting

MR BARR: The document was prepared for cabinet and was subject to the 10-year cabinet rule.

MS LE COUTEUR: Given that answer, I ask again: why was it not released after 10 years with other executive documents. Why has it been released only to the ABC? Why not to the people of Canberra?

MR BARR: I believe the ABC lodged an FOI application. I understand that the document was available under the 10-year release, but maybe no-one asked for it, Ms Le Couteur. I will check that. Given how long ago it was, its relevance to the situation in 2020 is somewhat diminished. It was of great interest to people in 2006—that is well understood—but we can say, with the benefit of history, that those who want to find out about the 2006 functional review can read the 2006 ACT budget delivered by Jon Stanhope to get a pretty fair indication of what it contained.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, whilst it is good to have 25 back in the chamber, the level of noise has lifted somewhat this week.

Planning—Greenway construction

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. I refer to a number of construction sites on Mortimer Lewis Drive, Greenway. Until recently, construction vehicles of tradies and builders working on the site were parking on the grass verges, where there were no signs prohibiting parking. In the past few days “no parking” signs have been erected, resulting in the construction vehicles

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