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Thursday, 3 November 1983
Page: 2307

Mr HURFORD (Minister for Housing and Construction)(3.42) —in reply-I am pleased to respond to the request of the honourable member for Wentworth (Mr Coleman) and to say something about these complaints. I hope Mr Mostyn's concerns will not be realised. I have no doubt that some matters will be of concern to him as this project is developed, but I assure him, through the honourable member representing that district, that my Department will do all it can to accommodate the wishes of the residents' association. I point out that every one of the points raised by the honourable member, which were included in a telex to the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke), which Mr Mostyn was good enough to copy for me, were examined by the Public Works Committee not only of the last Parliament but also of this Parliament. Admittedly, the Committee of this Parliament did not have a public hearing on this issue because it had already been covered by the Committee in the last Parliament, but the present Committee was able to look at great length at the transcript of the meetings that had been held.

There was not just one meeting. When, after a preliminary report, the concerns of the Potts Point residents association were voiced again, the Committee had a second meeting and undertook a second study of the situation. I repeat that those matters are of concern to me as well. I have had a discussion about those matters with the relevant officers in my Department. We shall do all we can to lessen the concerns of the residents, and of Mr Mostyn in particular, as this project is developed. The whole development of Garden Island has reached such a stage now that this aspect must be developed as part of the total project, but I repeat that the details will continue to be examined so that the residents' concerns are accommodated to the greatest extent possible.

Question resolved in the affirmative.