Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 4595 ..
MR CORBELL: I am not familiar with the agenda of the Clinical Governance Executive Committee in detail, but I am happy to take the question on notice and provide the information to the member.
MRS BURKE: I have a supplementary question. Is it perhaps the case that the committee is reviewing the situation because a specific area of in-patient service scored lower than 50 per cent in the survey?
MR CORBELL: I am happy to take the question on notice and provide the information to the member.
MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for Planning. I understand that ACTPLA planners scooped the prize pool at the planning awards for 2003 for the ACT division of the Planning Institute of Australia. Minister, can you inform the Assembly of the results of that evening?
MR CORBELL: Yes, it is true that the ACT Planning and Land Authority won a number of prizes for planning for 2003 at the recent awards of the ACT division of the Planning Institute of Australia. I think that it would be useful, in responding to Mr Hargreaves' question, to highlight those projects because they are projects which have been the subject of some criticism both in the Assembly and in the broader community. It is important to reaffirm that, whilst there is always contention around planning matters, in the judgment of their peers the planners are performing work which is considered to be of a high quality.
Four awards were given to three ACT Planning and Land Authority projects. The first was for the draft city west master plan, which I launched in October. This plan won the award for planning excellence in urban planning achievement, an award which recognises the outstanding contribution to current urban planning practice made in planning documents, reports, schemes or projects. The judges considered the draft plan to be well researched and designed and exceedingly well presented, saying:
The Planning analyses included in the Master Plan appear to be rigorous with innovative use of statements of planning principles and how these will be applied. The Master Plan includes implementation strategies to achieve the "Plan"and incorporates development programs, land sales and priorities for Capital Works. Whilst much of the document contains "technical work"it is easily read and understood.
That is a strong endorsement of a very important planning document for the future growth and development of the city centre. The judges also saw fit to make an additional award to the draft city west master plan in the category of community-based planning.
The ACT Planning and Land Authority's neighbourhood planning program won an award for planning excellence in community-based planning, an award that recognises planning schemes, projects or reports arising out of a significant initiative or from a planned program of consultation which demonstrates the achievement of community goals. This was a strong endorsement by the peers of the planners of the effectiveness