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Hospital car park call in questioned

By johnboy - 9 June 2009 7

The ABC brings word of some rowdiness in Assembly estimates hearings over the decision of the ACT Government to terminate the planning approval process for the new carpark at Canberra Hospital.

Andrew Barr is refusing to have anything to do with the estimates committee but Katy Gallagher is defending the decision:

    Health Minister Katy Gallagher says she urged Mr Barr to use his ‘call-in’ powers and she has defended the move.

    “I had to make a judgement call about whether I was prepared to let the hospital redevelopment being delayed by six months,” she said.

    “It’s a judgement call I had to make within a certain time frame and I’ve made it.”

Now sure, the need to use the call-in suggests the system is a bit broken, we already knew that, and it would be nice to see it fixed. But other than the procedural niceties we’re talking about a major expansion of the hospital, what are these grave concerns and are they really worth holding up the re-development for?

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7 Responses to
Hospital car park call in questioned
YapYapYap 1:56 am 11 Jun 09

Housebound,

And the pot called the cateth black. Seems its you who should declare your political loyalties. You’ve got form.

Anna Key 7:07 am 10 Jun 09

This is Canberra. There will be a few hard core complainers about anything, and seemingly eager to take it as far as they can. I imagine potential complaints would include it being an eyesore (well duh), the need to protect the heritage value of the exisitng car park, threats to the nesting habits of the Indian mynah bird and it will attract gangs of rowdy teens late at night.

Weren’t some residents complaining about the hospital heli-pad a few years ago because of the noise of 1 to 2 landings per day?

54-11 7:42 pm 09 Jun 09

We’ll never know. So much for Stanhope’s statement immediately after the last election, when he said that his government had learned a lesson about what Canberran’s really want.

That was after the litany of stuff-ups, including school closures, the DFO site, the gas power station, GDE, and so many others.

The reality is that he has learned nothing at all, and his government still behaves in the same dictatorial, arrogant manner that they always have.

Why, oh why did the Libs conspire with labor for 4 year terms? A plague on both their houses.

Gungahlin Al 4:38 pm 09 Jun 09

+1

housebound 4:12 pm 09 Jun 09

I would like to know what the frivolous objections were that justified the use of call-in powers. Here’s Katy’s own words:
“In terms of the submissions from the community, they could either be addressed through responses from Health or they were things we were never going to reach agreement on. That formed the nature of my correspondence to Minister Barr and I stand by those views.”
(From http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/09/2593021.htm)

Izzyduck 1:46 pm 09 Jun 09

poptop – you must remember that the car park is required before they can construct the other new buildings proposed for hospital services. Where on earth are they supposed to park when they have all these additional services & staff at the hospital. You need the basic infrastructure there beforehand.

poptop 1:40 pm 09 Jun 09

This is a carpark development, not a development that will deliver hospital services; accordingly I think this is the benchmark against which all future developments in the ACT need to be measured.

If a carpark is worthy, when is a development NOT important enough to use the Planning Minister’s call in powers?

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