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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3080 ..


MR GENTLEMAN: I thank the member for her question. I am very pleased that the directorate has been able to look back at the decision-making process in this instance and, of course, take into account the requirements under the Territory Plan and indeed see that the application was incorrect. That is the work they have done. I am pleased that they have done that. They will continue with that forensic, I think, look at future development applications in regard to the accessibility of the Territory Plan.

MS LEE: Minister, why did the planning official who made the decision ignore evidence about upgrading the rail siding, in contravention of the zoning of the site?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have asked for some details on the decision-making process for this particular decision. I am not sure that the word should be 'ignore'. There was certainly some deliberation within the directorate, in particular by the officer who made the decision at the time. As soon as I get some more information on that, I will come back to the chamber.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, what actions have you taken to improve the decision-making process for DAs, given that this is the second time this year that planning officials have been found to have wrongly approved a DA?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have asked the directorate to have a look and review how they have been making their decisions in regard to this. As I said in my answer to the previous question, as soon as the directorate provides me with more information I will come back to the chamber.

Gungahlin—nurse-led walk-in centre

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, what stage is the Gungahlin walk-in centre at and when will it be open?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question about the walk-in centre in our electorate of Yerrabi. It is a pleasure to update members today on the delivery of another walk-in centre in Gungahlin, which was a government priority fully funded in last year's budget.

The walk-in centre is an extension of the existing Gungahlin Community Health Centre on Ernest Cavanagh Street. It will provide additional services for patients in the region to attend on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary. Patients can be seen and assessed by a nurse practitioner, advance practice nurse or a clinical nurse consultant if they have a minor illness or injury.

Walk-in centres can be a great alternative to attending the emergency department or a general practitioner. The new walk-in centre in Gungahlin includes four treatment spaces and will be Canberra's third centre, joining the Belconnen and Tuggeranong walk-in centres.

After the official sod turning, attended by Mr Pettersson, Ms Orr and me in February this year, the foundation slab was completed on 14 March. It is very exciting to


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