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Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 28 February 2001



Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 28 February 2001

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Parliamentary Record 27


Debates for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001




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DEBATES - Wednesday 28 February 2001 reduced. That remains intact. The site that we are talking about was never zoned for open space and was always intended for a community-facility use of some kind, such as a church, a school, or that kind of thing. That was totally clear at the time the area was developed. Obviously, since then, regrowth has occurred. There is a very large park of some 3.8 hectares only one block away from the seniors village. There is adequate open space. The percentage of open space within the Leanyer/Woodleigh Gardens area is still 5%. This is the same as proposed for Farrar and other new developments. There is, in addition, a vast area of open space at the edge of Leanyer. Yes, that is probably swampish and you would not want to be playing in there but, if you are talking about open space for visual impact, it is there. The Leanyer village will be a real boost for senior Territorians. I say to the member for Wanguri: Take this animosity away. Lets develop this sensibly and correctly for senior Territorians and allay the concerns that are being raised unfairly with the Leanyer Woodleigh Gardens Area Residents Association, and lets support this development together. I believe if we do it together, our senior Territorians will be the ones to benefit. I support the motion. M r ADAMSON (Corporate and Information Services): Mr Deputy Speaker, I support the commitment of this government to senior housing and wish to comment on the misinformation that has been generated by members opposite. Aged care and aged housing has been in the headlines around Australia over recent months and years. For governments, very few issues are as important as providing for senior Territorians in their latter years. This government is doing a lot of work to address some of those needs. I believe that some community groups over the years could have done more, including some of the church groups and the like. This government, however, is leaving no stone unturned and is very much at the forefront creating some of these opportunities. In recent weeks the member for Wanguri has been in a frenzy about the situation at Tiwi or, more appropriately, the non-situation at Tiwi. He is talking about the land we got back from the Northern Territory University, which of course is not the case. He has accused us of having it both ways. In his very own press release, however, when he finally discovered this proposal with the land, first of all he called it the worst thing in the world, and then he said: Well, hang on a sec, maybe its not such a bad idea after all. I will quote a few comments from his press release: Rumours o f secret government land deals on this site have been circulating around Tiwi for some time and the Auditor-General has blown the whistle on the secret deal. For the benefit of honourable members, the actual deal is in relation to land currently owned by the Northern Territory University, formerly owned by this government. It is land that we gave to the university and now, with the universitys plans to vacate that site, we have asked how we get that land back. The member goes on to say: Residents in the Tiwi retirement village have not been consulted regarding governments intended use for this land, and the operators o f the childcare centre havent been consulted. Further: The whole deal has been shrouded in secrecy and the government needs to come clean with local residents and commercial operators. As you read further into this, one is surprised to find that, ultimately, he realises that it is a good idea. The government obviously has designs on the old Tiwi Primary school site otherwise they would not have blackmailed the NTU. So we have secret government land deals, the Auditor-General blowing the whistle in the process, something shrouded in secrecy, and we are blackmailing the university. But hang on a sec; it is not a bad idea after all: From consultation with local residents, the only development I believe will be acceptable is an extension o f senior residential aged care facilities. Given the shortfall in nursing home places and other senior facilities this would appear to be a good outcome, given the appropriate consultation takes place. It is bad news on page 1 of the member for Wanguris press release, and good news on page 2. Thats quite symbolic, I think. The bad news itself is a page long, and the good news gets squeezed up at the top of page 2. The member for Wanguri has used this as a political football. I know that one of the many rumours going around was mentioned to the member for Wanguri; that is, a multi-storey facility had aheady been approved for that site. While I dont accuse the member for starting that rumour, he 7518

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