Dr MEHREEN FARUQI (14:42): My question is directed to the Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, and Minister for Trade and Industry, representing the Minister for Health. For the expansion of the Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW Health has issued new acquisition notices to people who have yet to agree to sell their homes. Homeowners have been given just 30 days to negotiate before their properties are compulsorily acquired. Given how fraught and stressful the process has been to date for these people, why have homeowners been given such short notice?
The Hon. NIALL BLAIR (Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, and Minister for Trade and Industry) (14:43): I thank the honourable member for her question, which she has asked of me representing the Minister for Health in this place. As she said, the issue of compulsory acquisition certainly can cause some distress for those who are going through that process. In areas where the Government is building the critical infrastructure that is required across the State, compulsory acquisitions need to occur at times. Of course, we see that not only in the health space, such as the hospital expansion to which the member’s question referred, but also in other areas of critical infrastructure development and construction in New South Wales, whether in transport or other areas.
I do not have with me the relevant information about time frames in relation to that hospital. It is best to make sure that any commentary in this place uses the latest and most accurate information, so I will take the question on notice, refer it to the Minister for Health and come back to the member with an answer in due course. I am not sure if she will be here to receive the information, as we know that she has big plans and may be moving on. Regardless of whether the member is here or not, I am sure that when I present the answer to the House, it will be of interest to many.