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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 630..


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Minister, what consultation was undertaken with the community before the construction of the Calvary birth centre and development of the continuity of midwifery care service at Calvary?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Berry for her interest in the Calvary birth centre. The Friends of the Birth Centres and the Health Care Consumers Association led the formal external consultation process. One thing you learn as health minister is that the less you are working with the consumer health organisations, just as you do with the professional organisations, the more likely you are not to provide a service that meets the needs of the patients, which is what it is all about.

We worked closely with all consumers, health professionals and staff specialists. As this was a new service to be provided at Calvary, in order to get it implemented it required support of the VMOs and staff specialists, and that was provided over time. All in all, it has been a very good job. Calvary have managed the project very well, and from all accounts and from looking at the gorgeous two babies that were born last week in the first days of the services, it is an overwhelming success.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, what contribution did the Calvary Hospital Auxiliary make to the birth centre?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Porter for her interest in her local hospital. The Calvary Hospital Auxiliary were very generous and donated $100,000 to the development of the overall project of the birth centre. As members will know, the auxiliary is a volunteer organisation which provides a range of support across the Calvary campus, in particular support to the non-clinical services provided to patients.

The auxiliary conducted a number of events, including a spring cocktail party, book stalls, craft stalls and food stalls at the Calvary community open day and other fundraising activities. These funds were used specifically for the incredible baths that are there in the birthing suite. Tiles on the bathroom walls which recognise the generous donation of the auxiliary are there for all to see. I would like to thank the auxiliary for their help in delivering this project.

Sport—beach volleyball

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, I refer to your recent announcement of $500,000 funding over the next two years to develop a beach volleyball facility at Lyneham. What selection criteria were used to determine this decision?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. The sponsoring body for this particular application is Volleyball ACT. They submitted a proposal, I believe, three years ago for the feasibility and development of some new volleyball courts as part of the Lyneham sports precinct and were given some initial funding to develop the


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