Barr needs to provide clarity on Manuka land swap plan

The Barr government needs to better explain its land swap plans involving the Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre (MOCCA), Telopea Park School and the Canberra Services Club, Member for Molonglo Steve Doszpot said today.

“Many residents in Manuka and Griffith have raised concerns about the lack of transparency from the Barr government. The land swap issue has been problematic causing concerns for stakeholders and it should have been better dealt with by the Barr government from the beginning,” Mr Doszpot said.

“There has been stress placed on the Telopea Park School community, leading the Parents and Citizens Association to express no confidence in Education Minister Joy Burch over the matter. MOCCA has also been calling for answers. For months Andrew Barr had shown little interest in getting the issue resolved through community consultation.

“It appears the cycle of adhoc government decision making continues, as now some Griffith residents are concerned about the lack of consultation. They need clarity about what the plans are, with suggestions that a site for MOCCA is being sought near the Griffith shops.

“Everyone I speak to who will be impacted, believes the government has done a poor job managing the issue. If Andrew Barr cannot manage a land swap, how can the government be trusted to deliver other local services,” Mr Doszpot concluded.