Council to Consider Health Centre Proposal

A development application for a proposed health centre and offices at 180 Victoria Street, Potts Point will be considered by Council's Planning Development and Transport Committee on Monday evening.

The proposed health centre, to be operated by the Kirketon Road Centre, would provide services such as general health assessments, STD and HIV testing and treatment, women's health checks, first aid, referrals to specialists and other services including counselling and social welfare assistance.

While the centre would provide access to sterile injecting equipment, and safe disposal, it will not be an injecting centre. The Centre would operate 7 days a week with client visits between 1.30pm and 10pm.

Kirketon Road Centre was established in 1987 and through its services aims to prevent and minimise HIV/AIDS and other transmissible infections among "at risk" young people, sex workers and people who inject drugs and to treat and care for clients with HIV/AIDS and other transmissible infections among these target populations.

The application is a 'Crown Development Application' because it was made by a public authority - the Health Administration Corporation. Under state planning law Council cannot refuse or place a condition on a Crown Development Application without the approval of the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure or agreement of the applicant.

After the Committee considers the application it will be determined by Council at its meeting on Monday 25 July.

If you would like to address the Committee you need to register with Council's Secretariat on 02 9265 9310 before 12.00 noon on Monday 18 July.

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