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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 4359..


Hill Corner, Yarralumla

MR CORBELL: On 24 September, Ms Tucker also asked me a question about a proposal by the St Nicholas school, which operates a preschool on block 2, section 62, Yarralumla, also known as Hill Corner, to acquire the adjoining block 3, section 62, Yarralumla, to allow the redevelopment and enlargement of the preschool. In particular, Ms Tucker asked if block 3 has been included in the open space audit being undertaken by PALM, and asked for the status of the application for direct sale made by the St Nicholas school.

I am pleased to be able to advise Ms Tucker that the previous government considered the application by the St Nicholas school for the direct sale of the land, and gave in-principle agreement on 30 July 2001. Discussions have been proceeding with the St Nicholas school on this basis. An offer of a lease has not been made. Representatives of the St Nicholas school have met with residents on a number of occasions to discuss their concerns and present proposals for the proposed use of the land. The land group in the Department of Urban Services has also met with residents on a number of occasions regarding their concerns.

The land group and PALM met with the St Nicholas school about the school's revised proposals in September this year, and asked the school to undertake a HQSD, or high quality sustainable design process, on the site. PALM has also asked the school to address the issues of significant trees, the potential for increased traffic and the provision of a safe drop-off area. PALM has undertaken an initial open space audit on block 3, section 62, Yarralumla, and I am currently considering PALM's advice on this matter.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Canberra Hospital

MR HARGREAVES (11.35): I will be very brief in the adjournment debate. I just wanted to make this point before tomorrow night, because I suspect it will be relevant to matters that may be considered by Mr Humphries then. Recently, when I had the accident with my foot, I had occasion to visit Canberra Hospital, and I wanted to share my experience with the Assembly.

MR SPEAKER: Couldn't you do that tomorrow night?

MR HARGREAVES: No, I could not, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Right.

MR HARGREAVES: I could, but I am not going to. The thing was that, after a fairly disastrous trip through Moruya Hospital, I went through to Canberra Hospital emergency section and I was treated as an emergency case, quite anonymously I might say. I was


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