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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 1 Hansard (26 February) . . Page.. 182..


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, would there be an equivalent saving in the 2012-13 financial year, and what other unbudgeted costs for the centenary year are yet to be paid in the coming financial year?

MS GALLAGHER: There is no additional funding going into the centenary program over and above what has been passed through this place. I think the issue is one of timing and when perhaps some of the invoices and accounts are being paid. But I am very happy to provide that information to the Assembly.

University of Canberra—public hospital

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, can you update the Assembly on progress with the University of Canberra public hospital and any milestones that have been reached since the Assembly last met?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Porter for her interest in the University of Canberra public hospital. The University of Canberra public hospital will continue our expansion of health and hospital services across the ACT. We know that we need to continue to grow these services to meet future health demands created by an ageing and growing population and from consumer expectations.

The UCPH will respond to this demand as well as allowing the transfer of adult rehabilitation and subacute facilities of the Canberra Hospital and Calvary hospital to the new north side hospital. The UCPH will provide rehabilitation, subacute aged care and mental health rehabilitation services for the population of the capital region as well as providing clinical teaching, research and education facilities.

The heads of agreement to build the new subacute hospital was signed back in September 2012. The hospital will be located on a 4.8 hectare site within the campus on the corner of Ginninderra Drive and Aikman Drive.

Since June last year we have brought on the principal consultant. The draft services delivery plan was completed and in December a workforce innovation forum was held. It included a range of stakeholders exploring questions for the subacute facility workforce planning.

Following detailed negotiations, just recently we have signed the acquisition and development deed, which was executed by the territory and the university. This deed will facilitate and regulate the grant of the executive crown lease to the territory, the design and construction of the hospital, the physical and other interfaces between the campus and the hospital and entry into the collaboration deed and the sublease.

The parties have entered into this deed to, amongst other reasons, create a framework to realise the mutual benefits to the university and the territory arising from co-locating this facility on the university campus and manage the use and occupancy of areas of the facility. The signing of these deeds—that is, the acquisition and


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