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

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There is over $900,000 to upgrade the ACT Fire & Rescue Fyshwick station and funding for the ACT RFS Guises Creek brigade station as part of the women in emergency services strategy to attract and retain women in our emergency services.

Finally, whilst it has not been mentioned much, there is over $2 million in this year's budget to provide for the purchase of a new AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter for the SouthCare aero-medical retrieval service and to upgrade the hangar to accommodate this new air frame. This new helicopter will be used for retrieval and rescue operations in the south-east region. The initiative will not only address our priorities of providing timely access to health care and continued improvements in public safety, but will make sure we have safe aero-medical support for operations.

The benefits to the community of this initiative to operate the new helicopter will include improved availability and timeliness of ambulance services; better care and wellbeing of the patients who are supported; improved community access to ambulance and health services; and improved potential for patient survival thanks to more timely aero-medical retrieval. This is a really important initiative. I look forward to seeing this new helicopter coming online in the coming months.

Debate (on motion by Mr Rattenbury) adjourned.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

National Tree Day

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (9.59): Today I would like to take the opportunity to speak about National Tree Day. National Tree Day is Australia's largest community tree planting and nature care event. This year Planet Ark celebrated the 21st year of National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day. Tree Day is an opportunity to do something positive for your local environment and community and to reconnect with nature. Since its inception more than 3.8 million people have planted 23 million trees and plants, and it is still growing.

The event is sponsored by Toyota Australia and locally Mirko Milic, Canberra Toyota's dealer principal and his team, have been instrumental in making this day a huge success. With the support of Canberra Toyota I was pleased to plant trees with over 100 children from Teddybears Childcare Centre in Macarthur and Teddybears Childcare Centre in Curtin. It was a great day to spend out in the sunshine and it provided a terrific learning opportunity for the children.

I would like to thank and acknowledge Mirko Milic, dealer principal of Canberra Toyota, and his team: Greg, their customer relationship manager, who was very helpful, and Lisa Gray of Canberra Toyota. I also thank Planet Ark; Mark and Tara Gillette of Teddybears Childcare; Adelia Medina, director of Teddybears Childcare

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