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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (29 October) . . Page.. 2475 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

The Gungahlin Development Authority was created by statute on 19 August 1996 and its principal objective is to ensure that the Gungahlin central area is developed in accordance with the principles and policies for that area set out in the Territory Plan in order to provide for the social and economic needs of the community. Subsection 10(3) of the Gungahlin Development Authority Act 1996 requires that, where the authority enters into an agreement for a joint venture, the responsible Minister table a statement setting out particulars of, and reasons for, the joint venture.

The Palmerston 4 estate site is bounded by Gungahlin Drive in the north and Kosciuszko Avenue in the west and is the only undeveloped area of Palmerston. The site will provide for the development of up to 230 dwelling units. In agreeing to develop the estate as a joint venture, the authority has undertaken a thorough analysis of the appropriate commercial, financial, legal, operational and risk issues. In addition to providing a financial return to the authority, the development of the Palmerston 4 estate will add to the critical mass of housing close to the town centre and offers the opportunity to develop a quality residential estate consistent with the standards of urban design in the Gungahlin central area and will provide a variety of housing types to meet market needs.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care): For the information of members, I present the information bulletins relating to patient activity data for the Calvary Public Hospital and Canberra Hospital for August 1998.

Paper and Ministerial Statement

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care): For the information of members, I present a revised whole-of-Territory strategic plan for 1998 entitled "The Future of Mental Health Services in the Australian Capital Territory". I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the revised strategic plan.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I am pleased to table this printed version of the whole-of-Territory strategic plan for mental health. As you are aware, this strategic plan was tabled in June of this year. After consideration by the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care, some changes were made which strengthen the document. I outlined these changes in my tabling statement in response to the committee's report.

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