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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . .

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MR BARR: The authority is working with businesses in the Sydney and Melbourne buildings to tidy up space in the building laneways through the construction of new waste enclosures. This supports existing businesses in that area.

The city grants that I referred to previously will fund the loaded laneway festival in Verity Lane—the Sydney Building. This will be delivered in partnership with businesses the Reload Bar and Treehouse. City grants will also support the Wellspring Environmental Art and Design organisation in creating three temporary sculptural seating installations from transformed recyclables. The three sites will be designed to encourage social interaction, to promote sustainability and to bring aspects of nature into the city.

MR PETTERSSON: Chief Minister, how do these grants benefit all Canberrans?

MR BARR: The grants are funded through the city centre marketing and improvements levy, which is a contribution from building owners in the CBD that supports events and activations in the city. A vibrant and fun CBD should be the commercial, cultural and social heart of our city, and that benefits everyone.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Question taken on notice

Statement by member

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.27), by leave: Madam Speaker, I wish to make a statement to correct the record in relation to an answer received while I was overseas. On 20 February this year I asked a question without notice of the Minister for Mental Health in relation to the Productivity Commission's 2018 report on government services. In my question I stated:

... this report shows that the number of mental health acute care beds per 100,000 people between 2005-06 and 2015-16 has fallen by 17.6 per cent.

The minister took the question on notice and provided an answer on 19 March 2018. As members know, I was absent from the territory at that time, and this is why I am seeking leave to correct the record now.

In his answer the minister provided some figures that did not align with the figures that I had quoted, and noted:

ACT Health was unable to establish where the decrease of 17.6 per cent Mrs Dunne referred to has come from.

Madam Speaker, I have reviewed my question and, indeed, there was an inaccuracy—it should have read "from 2006-07", and that is why I wish to correct the record. The Productivity Commission's 2018 report on government services, at table 13A.13 indicates that in 2006-07, for the ACT, the number of beds per 1,000 people provided in acute hospitals with psychiatric units or wards, was 20.7, and the


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