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Because of their particular interest, all rural lessees in the area have been notified in writing of the study, and a presentation will also be made to the ACT Rural Landholders Association in the near future.

d) Depending on Government consideration, the Study findings may lead to more detailed planning and draft changes to the land use policies in the area. Any changes would be released for public comment and subject to further Government and Assembly considerations. As such, it is not possible to put a fixed time on when new policies may become operational.

Planning—Queanbeyan decisions
(Question No 1842)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 13 February 2008:

How does the ACT Planning and Land Authority liaise with Queanbeyan City Council and the NSW Government about planning decisions that impact both the ACT and the Queanbeyan region.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

ACTLA engages with both the Queanbeyan City Council and the NSW Government on all of its strategic planning and policy development work that has the potential to impact across the border. These discussions and invitations for contributions to be made to ACTPLA’s work are undertaken as part of non-statutory consultation processes adopted by ACTPLA as good practice and in accordance with the expectations of the Regional Management Framework entered into between the ACT and NSW Governments.

ACTPLA also participates in a six monthly meeting with the Queanbeyan City Council’s administrative executive to informally discuss matters of mutual interest. The Government has included in the Statement of Strategic Direction in the restructured Territory Plan the need to engage with adjoining Councils (in NSW) on planning policy that may affect regions adjoining the ACT. Under both current and future planning legislation, ACTPLA is also obliged by statute to notify an adjoining Council of a development application if it owns land deemed to be affected by the application and third party notification is required. This process also applies to Territory Plan variations that have the potential to impact on land outside of the ACT.

Hospitals—medical assessment and planning unit
(Question No 1845)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 13 February 2008:

(1) In relation to the Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU), what is the total number of patients who have benefited from the rapid transfer service in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 to date;

(2) What has been the average age of patients accessing MAPU during (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 to date and what proportion was (i) male and (ii) female;

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