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c. The available footprint of the Phillip site was not large enough to accommodate the proposed facilities.

(3) In 2012, given the feasibility issues, Government made a decision not to proceed with the project. This decision was taken in the context of an infrastructure program which included construction of the Gungahlin and Belconnen Community Health Centres and the expansion of the Tuggeranong Community Health Centre, increasing community health services availability across the Territory.

(4) The decision not to progress plans for the Phillip Enhanced Community Health Centre was not related to the decision to expand acute services at Canberra Hospital.

(5) The ACT Government has appointed a CIT Campus Modernisation Subcommittee tasked with creating modern learning spaces and facilities to meet the needs of contemporary learners and the community, across all CIT campuses. The subcommittee is in its preliminary planning stages and will be canvassing a number of options to position CIT well for the future. When options for suitable uses of the CIT Woden site are formulated the community will be consulted.

Public housing—fire risk locations
(Question No 159)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 31 March 2017 (redirected to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services):

In relation to a statement made by the Deputy Chief Minister, during her statement on public housing on 29 March 2017, that half of Canberra is zoned as “bushfire-prone”, can the Minister advise what proportion of Canberra urban areas are zoned as “bushfire-prone”.

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

The Divisions (suburbs) within the Australian Capital Territory cover approximately 35,450.10 hectares. Some of the Divisions include some bushland reserve areas and undeveloped land in new Divisions. The land identified as Bushfire Prone Area inside the Divisions covers approximately 17,961.69 hectares. The percentage of Divisions currently identified as Bushfire Prone Area is approximately 50.67%.

(Question No 160)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Arts and Community Events, upon notice, on 31 March 2017:

(1) Did the Minister state that the Government is planning the “single biggest funding increase in ACT self-government history” but the amount is “subject to budget consideration” as reported in The Canberra Times on 29 March 2017; if so, will the Minister commit that the increase will be in addition to bringing the project funding in line with 2014-15 levels, making this a true increase.

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