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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3665..


Capital works-projects

(Question No 512)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

(1) Did the 2004-05 March Quarter Capital Works progress report show that the $70 000 allocated to the 'Mental Health Forensic Centre' had been expended; if so, will the Minister release the financial and economic business case prepared for this expenditure; if not, why not.

(2) Will the Minister provide copies to MLAs; if so, when.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The funds were expended against the project.

(2) Consideration will be given to public discussion of this Feasibility Plan upon completion.

Capital works-projects

(Question No 513)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

(1) What is the status of the 'Renal Dialysis Satellite - Northside' capital works project, as listed in the 2004-05 March Quarter Capital Works progress report;

(2) Why does it appear that funding has been withdrawn for this project;

(3) Why was money allocated to this project in the first instance;

(4) What will be the impact of withdrawing funding for this project;

(5) Will this project be funded in the future; if not, why not.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) This project was cancelled and the funds returned to Government as the service will be provided by a private sector operator and government capital funds are no longer required.

(2) Funding for capital works was withdrawn due to an alternative solution to providing the Renal Dialysis Satellite being provided.

(3) ACT Health was undertaking a tender process to seek to establish and operate a Privately Operated Satellite Haemodialysis Centre on the Northside of Canberra. At the stage when the capital funds were allocated, it was unclear whether this tender process would yield a successful result. Capital funding was provided to ensure the facility would be built by ACT Health if a suitable facility was not able to be provided via the private sector.


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