Overnight the Canberra Times Ewa Kretowicz was quoting a spokesperson of Andrew Barr on plans to speed up the development of the Brumbies headquarters into lucrative inner south apartments:
Acting planning minister Andrew Barr was reviewing the lease conditions at the ACT Brumbies rugby club in ”the public interest”, his spokesman said last night. If Mr Barr decides to allow the changes it would be his second use of controversial call-in powers in two months. The Brumbies club is seeking to rezone the site of its Griffith headquarters from a commercial CZ6 leisure and accommodation zone to a RZ4 medium density residential zone and remove a concessional lease clause which set the land aside for community purposes such as a bowling club.
These variations to the Territory Plan are required for the Brumbies to build 150 units on the site, a move which has been strongly opposed by local residents and is currently the subject of a Legislative Assembly planning committee inquiry.
A spokesman from Mr Barr’s office said, ”No decision has been made on the development application to deconcessionalise the lease and Minister Barr will not be making the final determination.”
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But retired civil engineer and town planner Tony Powell said he was shocked by the latest move, accusing the Government of reneging on a promise to wait until a Legislative Assembly inquiry into the proposed redevelopment is completed.
Minister Barr is not impressed by the article, taking to Twitter to express his dismay:
We did ask if there would be a more concrete statement:
UPDATE: It’s also kicking on over on facebook:
I’m trying to enjoy the last few days of my leave so won’t be doing any interviews on a made up story. You may as well ask me on the show to discuss my recording contract with the Rolling Stones. Apparently, they are going to sack Mick Jagger and put me up as lead singer. You can’t read all about it in tomorrow’s Canberra Times.