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30 October 1998 Ml/98

ACT HOSPICE SITE

The ACT Labor Party is mischief-making over the future of the ACT Hospice on Acton Peninsula, the Territories Minister Senator Ian Macdonald said today.

"The Federal Government has made it clear that the Hospice has a licence to continue to occupy its current site until June next year."

Senator Macdonald said the ACT Government and the National Capital Authority, which now controls Acton Peninsula, have already commenced discussions to find a solution which meets the needs of all parties.

"Our top priority is of course the welfare of the residents of the Hospice, and the need to preserve a suitable and tranquil environment for them."

"This will become even more important once heavy construction work on the National Museum buildings commences."

"To this end, the works will be strictly controlled through environmental and occupational health and safety measures to maintain safe working conditions on and near the site."

Senator Macdonald said, however, once work begins in earnest, within the next few months, the environment will become increasingly unsuitable for the Hospice operations.

"I will be meeting with the Chief Minister, Kate Camell, in the near future for further discussions on this issue."

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