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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2286..


Disabled persons-motor vehicle modifications

MRS CROSS: Mr Speaker, my question is to Minister Wood. What is the current waiting time for those people with a disability who require vehicle modifications for their vehicles to be assessed so they can maintain their independence?

MR WOOD

: It is an interesting question. I don't know the answer. I would have thought not much at all. They would present their vehicle with modifications. You ask an intriguing question to which I don't know the answer, but I'll find out for you.

MRS CROSS

: Minister, is it true that there is only car with appropriate modifications available for training and testing in the ACT?

MR WOOD

: Again, I don't know and I'll find out for you.

O'Connell Centre

MS TUCKER: My question is to the Minister for Planning and concerns section 78 Griffith, incorporating the O'Connell Centre. When community organisations first approached me about taking over the soon-to-be-emptied O'Connell Centre well over a year ago, I was advised that PALM was conducting a community facilities needs assessment of the section 78 area. I have since learned that, if the O'Connell Centre is found to be surplus to government requirements, it will be transferred to the new ACT Land Development Agency, presumably for disposal in light of the agency's commercial objectives.

Could the minister advise the Assembly when the community facilities needs assessment will be completed and made publicly available, how the development agency will take that assessment into account and whether the agency will first approach community organisations to assess the level of interest in this community facility?

MR CORBELL

: Mr Speaker, Planning and Land Management have undertaken a community needs facility assessment in the inner south. I haven't seen the results of that work recently, although I understand it has been completed. I will undertake to obtain a copy for Ms Tucker.

In relation to the future of the O'Connell Education Centre: it is still currently leased by the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services; so it is not at this stage a vacant building, although I understand that the department will be vacating at some stage in the next 12 months. I'm not sure of the exact time frame.

In relation to future use of the site: the government hasn't yet taken their decision on the future use of that site.

MS TUCKER: I have been advised that none of the tenants of the O'Connell Centre really want to leave; yet one by one they are being relocated. Could the minister advise exactly who the tenants are and why they are all being asked to leave?


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