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At least under this proposal the community will have some feedback as to what happened to the hard work that they did, and the comments that they made about what they wanted to happen in their town centre. I will repeat this because it is so egregious: the master plan for 15 Bowes Street had a 12-storey limit, while ACTPLA has approved 26 storeys. It is hard for the community to feel that they are being respected in that situation. I do not think this is as much an argument about the height as about why we have community consultation if it is not going to be respected.

The other good thing about Mr Barr's amendment is that it covers more areas, because more areas have master plans than just the town centres. I refer to Mawson and Weston in my electorate. That is also positive. I thank members for their contributions, and I look forward to better urban renewal happening in Canberra in the future.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

ACT Ambulance Service—resourcing

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (11.28): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) ACT Ambulance Service has a minimum crewing level of 10 emergency ambulances for each and every shift plus two demand crews each 24 hour period;

(b) of the 730 shifts in 2016-17, only 427 shifts met this minimum level, while 303 shifts were below the minimum; and

(c) 41.5 percent of ACT Emergency Ambulance shifts in 2016-17 were below minimum crewing; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) explain to the Assembly why ACT Ambulance Service is grossly under resourced; and

(b) advise the Assembly by the last sitting day in April 2018 of the dates and shift types of each emergency ambulance shift which fell below minimum crewing in 2016-17.

My motion today outlines a straightforward, factual matter, one of significant problems in our Ambulance Service. Our Ambulance Service is made up of quite incredible men and women who work selflessly and tirelessly for our community in our times of greatest need.

The service has what has been for many years termed a minimum crewing level, which is determined by historical and predictive data analysis and reporting. The ACT Ambulance Service's minimum crewing level is defined as 10 ambulance crews during each and every shift, with an additional two demand crews per 24-hour period. These demand crews work shifts between 7 am and 11 pm.


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