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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 49 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 February 2019 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 14 February 2019

STEP-UP, STEP-DOWN MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY — GERALDTON

49. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the $5.93 million business case for the Geraldton community mental health step-up, step-down facility.

(1) For what reason have the sites at lots 2469 and 2470 Quarry Street, Geraldton, identified in the business case, not progressed?

(2) What is the land-use zoning for the former sobering-up centre site chosen by the government on Larkin Street, Geraldton?

(3) Will the buildings on the site be demolished or form part of the redevelopment?

(4) Given the light industrial area in which the former sobering-up centre site is located, is the minister satisfied that the site will offer community-based care in proximity to services such as public transport and supermarkets, or access to medical services such as a GP?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The sites at lots 2469 and 2470 Quarry Street, Geraldton, were initially identified as potential land options. Following further investigation and consultation with the Department of Communities, it was found that the former land options have had multiple native title claims, which were likely to take several or more years of negotiation.

(2) The land zoning is service commercial. The City of Greater Geraldton has been consulted and is supportive of using the site for a step-up, step-down service.

(3) Design options regarding the buildings on site are currently being considered, including whether the buildings are demolished or redeveloped.

(4) Yes. Whilst the site is located on the edge of a light industrial estate, it is adjacent to residential dwellings and community facilities, and therefore retains a residential–community feel. The location is also a short distance from community services, including shops and recreation facilities.