Page 376 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 14 February 2017

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It is important that we look at opportunities for master planning in some of the older areas where residents have asked for some renewal. Curtin is a really good example, I think. We are going through that master planning process now. It began some time ago, in early 2015. The second round of community engagement on the master plan concluded early last year.

Some of the key messages from the community engagement indicated that there was strong community support for the recommendations within that draft master plan. There was also a range of community concerns raised about parking, building height, bulk and scale of development—close to that central courtyard as well. It is important that we take on board the representations this morning from the community regarding their views on whether developments fit within the master planning process. Of course, it still is a draft master plan, so it is yet to be concluded.

In regard to the development application, I can assure members of the Assembly that the independent authority will take into consideration whether or not the development application fits into the current rules and requirements of the territory plan. It is important that during the process of a development application, while the master plan process is occurring, the directorate works with property owners to prepare the right material that could go back to the community for another round of consultation on the master planning process. In the meantime, as we have heard, the owner at 44 Curtin Place has lodged that application now. (Time expired.)

MS LE COUTEUR: Can the minister assure the community that if the owners of section 62 block 7 carry out their threat to close the shops if they do not get their way, the government will use compliance actions and any other options to ensure that residents continue to have a shopping centre?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the supplementary question. It is important, of course, that we provide these sorts of conveniences for the residents of Curtin and other areas as well. Within that context, of course, there is a decision yet to be made by the independent authority, and it is important that we do have that independent authority to make a decision on that case.

In regard to earlier comments about what the proponent intends to do if they do not get approval or if they do get approval, it would be, I think, improper for me to make comments in that regard whilst it is going through that development application process.

ACT Health—reporting accuracy

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, when were you first advised about the current data problems with the Health Directorate data?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mrs Dunne for the question. As I noted in my previous answer, I was advised of the current problems on my return from leave last Monday.

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