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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2103 Week 13 Hansard (29 October) . . Page.. 3901..

MR CORBELL: This complaint is separate from, although related to, those matters. It would not be appropriate for me to comment in relation to a matter still before the Supreme Court. As Mr Coe would know, judgement has not been delivered in relation to the court of appeal application in relation to the Giralang shops. I am obliged, nevertheless, to deal with the matters that are put to me and to consider whether or not further action is appropriate, and that is what I am currently doing.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, when can residents of Giralang expect to have a local centre in operation again?

MR CORBELL: Certainly, my view and the government's view is that it would be desirable to see the shops at Giralang redeveloped as soon as possible. That is why I called in and gave development approval for the proposal. As members would know, my decision was taken to the Supreme Court under the AD(JR) Act and the decision of a single judge of the Supreme Court was that my approval be upheld. Subsequent to that, parties have chosen to appeal the decision of that single judge to the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal has heard that matter but has not yet delivered judgement on it. Until judgement is delivered in relation to that matter, it would appear to be the case that the developer does not propose to exercise their approval until they have certainty in relation to that matter.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, have you met with proponents or objectors to the Giralang proposal this year?

MR CORBELL: To the best of my knowledge, no, but I will check the record.

Canberra Hospital—fundraising

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Can the minister update the Assembly on the fundraising activities that have supported the Canberra Hospital over the past year?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Dr Bourke for the question. Yes, I can update the Assembly on the fundraising efforts at Canberra Hospital over the past year. It is really good news to share with the Assembly today and to be able to acknowledge the efforts of many who have gone into delivering it.

In 2012-13 more than $1.65 million was raised through the Canberra Hospital Foundation, which is the hospital's principal fundraising body. Every dollar of this is going into projects to support patients and families at the hospital. It includes new equipment and research projects to support better patient care right across different areas in the hospital.

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