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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 1210..

Residential aged care

(Question No 1292)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1) Are the 71 new service residential care places, located at Calvary (35) and Southern Cross (36), which were allocated to the A.C.T. by the Commonwealth on 10 February 2004, in addition to those already allocated to these bodies; if so, what are the total available places now held by each organisation;

(2) Will the allocation of these new places result in further A.C.T. planning delays to buildings to accommodate these places; if so, why.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The 71 provisional allocations for Calvary Health Care (35) and Southern Cross Care (36) announced by the Australian Government on 9 February 2004 are in addition to places already held by these bodies. Calvary Health Care now has a total of 100 provisional allocations. Southern Cross Care has a total of 36 provisional allocations.

(2) The lease offer documentation for both the Little Company of Mary (Calvary) and Southern Cross (NSW) Inc (Southern Cross) are in the process of preparation.

Both Calvary and Southern Cross will need to submit Development Applications (DA) for the development of the respective sites. Each DA will be subject to consideration in accordance with the terms and conditions contained in the letter of offer, the Territory Plan and the requirements of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991.

ACTPLA is waiting for a response to issues raised in the pre-application process for Calvary. ACTPLA has contacted the architects for the project, who have advised that they will be finalising their response and discussing with their client prior to further discussion with ACTPLA. Southern Cross Homes (NSW) will also need to complete the necessary requirements of the pre-application process. For both cases the pre-application requirements need to be satisfactorily addressed before a DA can be lodged.

Residential aged care

(Question No 1294)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1) In relation to the 2004 Report on Government Services, Section 12 Aged Care Services, Table 12.2 showing operational high care and low care residential places at 30 June 2003 and that the A.C.T. is shown to have the lowest number of total places (79.4) for any State or Territory per 1000 people aged 70 years and over, is the A.C.T. Government currently undertaking negotiations with the Commonwealth Government to address this problem;

(2) If so, could details of these negotiations be provided;

(3) If such negotiations are not being undertaken, why.

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