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applied too broadly with regard to some developments. Whilst that is not to say the developments should not have gone ahead, there is scope to refine those terms so that we better capture the planning intentions of the territory plan and also give developers, proponents and neighbours a better understanding of exactly what is being proposed when a development application goes in and it talks about “ancillary use” or, indeed, “minor use”. Again, I commend the report to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned to the next sitting.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

ACT Health Council—annual and quarterly reports

Statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services), by leave: On behalf of the Chief Minister and Minister for Health, I rise today to formally extend my thanks to the ACT Health Council, both to the most recent members and to those who have served on previous councils, for their extensive contribution over many years of operation. With the introduction of the Local Hospital Network Council, the government has made a decision to cease the operations of the ACT Health Council, effective from 30 June this year. This is the end of an era and it is appropriate for us to mark it in the Assembly.

Ms Gallagher and indeed I, as Minister for Health before her, have appreciated the efforts of the many council members over the years. Council membership has ranged from distinguished medical and health professionals, very active community members, high profile representatives from numerous non-government organisations and dedicated staff from health-related agencies. The council was established as a result of the Reid review in 2002 as a community reference group to provide consumer input into ACT Health’s policy and planning activities. It has supported the government’s vision for health and has been central in the ongoing plan to improve the health system in the ACT.

It has guided and monitored the progress of health policies and plans throughout the years and provided advice on matters regarding the delivery and integration of health services. It has provided valuable advice over the years with different views and expertise. The council has considered and participated in a number of interesting and valuable ventures. These have included the ACT health action plan which originated from the ACT health summit of February 2002 that set directions for public health services in the territory for the following three to five years. In 2005 the Health Council requested that a progress report be prepared to map the progress made in implementing the plan. The report showed significant progress.

The Health Council facilitated a public forum in December 2005 titled “How do we know the health system is performing” to explore the complexities of the health system. The forum was well attended and was held at the National Gallery of

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