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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (10 August) . .

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MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Jeffery for the supplementary. EPD and the engineers had a look at the opportunity to take water from the river in a more, if you like, modern system and also looked at his request for taking water from the ACT city system, from the nearest suburb which is, of course, in the Lanyon valley—the Lanyon suburbs of Banks and Conder. The pricing for that, on the early indications, was quite large, so it was decided that to supply that water it would be better if we took it from the river. I can give him some more detail, on notice, on the actual studies taken during that process.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, when can the residents of Tharwa expect to have the water supply renewed?

MR GENTLEMAN: The renewed water supply? When the federal funding comes through as well, and we will work with the residents of Tharwa—with Mr Jeffery as well, and of course the Rural Fire Service—to ensure that we can put the best—

Mrs Jones: When?

MR GENTLEMAN: As soon as we possibly can.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, have all the studies surrounding the development and further planning for Tharwa been made public and could the Minister provide the studies and recommendations to the Assembly?

MR GENTLEMAN: Studies and plans in regard to the water system? No I do not believe we have made them public at this stage but I will get as much detail as I can and bring it back to the Assembly.

Canberra Hospital—upgrading

MRS JONES: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, I refer to the words of Professor Robson in the Canberra Times of 10 August about the Canberra Hospital when he said:

The current facilities are only just holding and if you delay this sort of infrastructure any longer it may well mean the wheels will come off the cart and the hospital won't cope ... The hospital is at breaking point.

Minister, why is the government delaying making major improvements at the Canberra Hospital when it is at breaking point?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mrs Jones for her question. The government is not doing that. Indeed, in the current budget the government has set aside over $100 million for investment in upgrades to health infrastructure, predominantly at the Canberra Hospital. That is the commitment we have made. I note the Liberal Party's


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