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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . . Page.. 2794 ..


Once compiled, the draft Cabinet decision summaries are noted by Cabinet and, under the Freedom of Information Act 2016, I as Chief Minister am the decision maker on the release of Cabinet decision summaries.

Planning—Territory Plan

Mr Gentleman (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Le Couteur on Tuesday, 5 June 2018):

The development on the western side of Woden Town Square Ms Le Couteur refers to is the redevelopment of Borrowdale House. This development was approved in May 2017 for 258 upper level car spaces and 425 square meters of commercial space at ground level.

While Woden Town Centre is undergoing an important revitalisation with a number of significant residential developments being approved or proposed, a key concern of both the ACT Government and the Woden community is the need to ensure the town centre is a viable and competitive location for employment.

Lovett Tower, Canberra's tallest commercial building is currently largely vacant. One of the difficulties the owner has had in attracting tenants to Lovett Tower is the limited parking associated with it. The redevelopment of Borrowdale House will ensure Lovett Tower remains an attractive employment location by providing a parking option for future tenants of the tower.

The overshadowing of Woden Town Square was an important consideration during the assessment of the development. Compared to the original building, the new development is three metres higher and will result in only a minor increase in overshadowing of the town square after 2pm in June. This overshadowing will not be 'significant', as Ms Le Couteur has suggested.

At the time of approval, Borrowdale House was boarded up and covered in graffiti. The new development will provide active and attractive retail frontages which open out onto Woden town square and ensure the significant employment opportunities of Lovett Tower, as well as a sunlit Woden town square, are retained.

Hospitals—waiting times

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Parton on Wednesday, 6 June 2018):

ACT Health provides the Minister for Health and Wellbeing with regular reports on Emergency Department (ED) performance.

The Minister for Health and Wellbeing receives National Emergency Access Target reports daily. These reports detail performance metrics against the national target for ED presentations completed within four hours, for the prior 24 hour period.

The Minister for Health and Wellbeing is also provided with weekly ED performance reports, in relation to ED performance at Canberra and Calvary hospitals. These reports detail the previous week's trend in ED performance, in terms of the percentage


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