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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 521..

Retirement villages and/or nursing homes-Gungahlin

(Question No 7)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to sites in the Gungahlin area allocated for retirement villages and/or nursing homes:

(1) Have sites been allocated in the Gungahlin area for retirement villages and/or nursing homes;

(2) If so, what are these sites by block and section references; and

(3) If no sites have been identified why not.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) Retirement villages and/or nursing homes have generally been provided by private organisations. To date, there have been no approaches from providers of older persons' accommodation seeking to establish such facilities in the Gungahlin area. This may be due, in part, to the fact that the number of people in Gungahlin who are 65 years or older is much lower than in other districts.

Retirement villages and/or nursing homes have generally been located on land that has a Community Facility land use policy. When there is demand for such a facility, appropriate land is identified taking into account a range of factors such as surrounding land use, access to public transport and other health and cultural facilities and open space areas. There are unleased community facility blocks available in Gungahlin.

A review into the planning policies for north Gungahlin is underway. As part of this process Community Facility land will be identified.

(2) The following sites in Gungahlin are unleased Territory land and have a Community Facility land use policy: Blocks 11 and 12 Section 73 Nicholls and Block 4 Section 78 Nicholls.

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