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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4525 ..

St Andrews retirement village

(Question No 332)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to St Andrew's Retirement Village:

(1) What is the current status of the request by St Andrew's Retirement Village for an extension of the village onto Block 12 Section 28 Hughes.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) St Andrew's Village has asked the Department to consider the possibility of St Andrews extending their current facility in Groom Street Hughes onto the adjoining part Block 12 Section 28 Hughes. A formal application has not yet been received.

Block 12 has an Urban Open Space land use policy and a Territory Plan Variation would be required to permit aged persons' accommodation on Block 12.

St Andrew's has advised that they have undertaken consultation with local residents and the Burley Griffin Local Area Planning and Advisory Committee.

Block 12 has been included in the interim Open Space Audit. While this Audit has provided some initial information about the importance of this block as part of the open space network, formal consultation is required to further inform the direct sale process as well as the Open Space Audit.

Officers of my Department met with St Andrew's on 4 December 2002 to discuss their design concept and the process ahead. At that meeting it was agreed that the Department would undertake a Site Investigation and Tree Study for part Block 12. This information could then be used by St Andrew's to develop a design for the site which could be used for a formal consultation process.

Lump sum payouts

(Question No 333)

Mr Cornwell asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 12 November 2002:

Further to your reply on Question on notice No 151 that regarding lump sum compensation payments "the ACT is presently considering an innovative scheme whereby long-term care costs would be removed from common law damaged awards in favour of ...long term care ... have there been further developments on this proposal".

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT has received actuarial advice indicating that the Territory is likely to lack the critical mass necessary to support an affordable and viable long term care scheme.

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