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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 15 November 2005) . . Page.. 4134 ..

into account when important decisions such as this one are made. I reject absolutely any suggestion that there was not any consultation. I think the chronology I have just outlined demonstrates the fact that there was.

I have used my call-in powers in this instance because I consider the proposal a response to a major policy issue. This facility will provide a substantial public benefit by providing housing for the ageing community in a location where people can remain in a familiar environment close to existing social networks. The proposal also has a substantial effect on the achievement of objectives of the territory plan in respect of the provision of a wide range of housing types and choice and the provision of affordable housing to accommodate the entire life cycle in established areas.

The redevelopment of the Goodwin aged care facility in Ainslie will provide much needed additional aged care facilities in the vicinity of north Canberra, as well as improved and compliant facilities compared with those enjoyed by the present Goodwin residents.

The land act provides for specific criteria in relation to the exercise of the call-in power. In this case, I considered the application raised a major policy issue, it had a substantial effect on the achievement or development of objectives of the territory plan, and the approval of the application provides a substantial public benefit.

Section 229B of the land act specifies that, if I decide an application, I must table a statement in the Assembly within three sitting days of the decision. So, as required by the act and for the benefit of members, I have tabled a statement providing a description of the development, details of the land on which it is proposed the development take place, the name of the applicant, details of my decision and grounds for the decision. With the statement I have also tabled the comments of the ACT Planning and Land Council on this proposal. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Dr Foskey) adjourned to the next sitting.


Ms Gallagher presented the following papers:

Occupational Health and Safety Act, pursuant to section 228—Operation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 and its associated law—First quarterly report for the period 1 July to 30 September 2005.

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Performance reports

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 30A—Quarterly departmental performance reports for the September quarter 2004-2005 for the following departments or agencies:

ACT Emergency Services Authority, dated October 2005.

ACT Health, dated November 2005.

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