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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . .

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The adult mental health day service is another component of the UCPH. It will provide recovery-focused services, pharmacotherapy and other health and specialty services including individual and group programs for psychotherapy, psychoeducation, creative therapies, healthy lifestyle and living skills.

Finally, we will see a range of other services provided, for example, the driving assessment rehabilitation service, the prosthetics clinic, a memory assessment service and a falls injury treatment and prevention service.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, why did you not announce the cost of the hospital until three years after it was first announced? Why have you still not advised the staff structure of the hospital?

MR CORBELL: You do not announce what you are going to pay until you have got a winning bid. I would have thought that was pretty obvious.

Williamsdale solar farm

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, you used call-in powers to approve the Williamsdale solar farm on the Monaro Highway. Local residents have expressed concerns about this development. Their concerns include the glare that this development will project onto the Monaro Highway and surrounding area and the impact that felling a number of large, significant yellow box trees on the site will have on the ecosystem. Yellow box trees are also said to provide a rich nectar source for the threatened regent honeyeater, an ACT endangered species. Minister, what analysis, if any, did you conduct into the impact that felling the yellow box trees on the site will have on the ecosystem?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lawder for her question and her interest in the area of Williamsdale as well. Yes, I have used the call-in powers to approve the site in that it would be to the benefit of the territory as a whole for now and into the future, especially in relation to our quest for renewable energy generation. The site was previously owned, as you may be aware, by a service station operator who operated a farm as well. He has now moved on to a different area. The land then moved into the ownership of the Land Development Agency and the process has been worked through there.

In relation to the glare that Ms Lawder mentioned in her question, I have put certain conditions around the approval that non-glare materials be used in the construction for the solar farm.

Ms Lawder: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MR GENTLEMAN: In relation to yellow box—

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order, Ms Lawder.


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