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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1574 ..


MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Pettersson for his interest in the Curtin community. The finalisation of the Curtin group centre master plan will pave the way for revitalisation of the centre. We have listened carefully to the feedback from earlier stages of consultation and the community panel. We have weighed up the issues and arrived at an approach that I believe provides a range of positive outcomes for the Curtin community.

At each stage of community engagement, the ACT government heard clear messages about the value of the central courtyard as a place for community life. Markets are held in the courtyard on weekends and families visit the area in the afternoon on the way home from school. It is also a space where people enjoy the sunshine and generally feel comfortable to stay, meet people and enjoy themselves. How the existing buildings at the edge of the central courtyard are redeveloped and designed will be critical to ensure that this space will continue to be an important focal point for the community into the future.

A number of planning strategies are proposed to ensure that solar access is maintained and that the future development facing the central courtyard is of an appropriate bulk and scale. There are also strategies to ensure that the courtyard continues to function as a vibrant space for community activity and for businesses to thrive.

This includes introducing a solar fence to limit overshadowing onto the courtyard and providing a building setback above the ground floor where development is permitted above one storey. This will ensure there is a single storey height facing the central courtyard—the human scale, if you like—limiting the building height to one storey at the northern and western edges of the central courtyard and mandating active frontages such as cafes, restaurants and shops facing the central courtyard.

ACT Health—governance

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to a quote in the Canberra Times of 8 May 2018 in which you said:

I have also acknowledged to staff that in recent times the governance of the organisation has let staff down.

What responsibility do you take, as minister, for the poor governance of your directorate which has let staff down?

MS FITZHARRIS: I take responsibility and I have also taken steps to significantly improve governance of ACT Health.

MISS C BURCH: Why haven't you acknowledged to the people of Canberra and to the patients of our health system that your poor governance of your directorate has let them down?

MS FITZHARRIS: I spoke to staff about this on Friday. I spoke to the media about this on Friday. I spoke to the Assembly about this this morning.


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