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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1802 ..


MS FITZHARRIS: Madam Speaker, I will take that question. I note that Minister Stephen-Smith and I have been working at length with Winnunga Nimmityjah over the past year, since the funding of this important initiative in last year's budget. I am pleased to say that we are very close to making a further announcement with Winnunga Nimmityjah on the exciting progress of the government's $12 million investment in Aboriginal health services in the ACT.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, can you clarify for the Indigenous community who will own and operate the facility after the building has been completed?

MS FITZHARRIS: As I indicated to Mr Milligan, that is an announcement that the government is set to make very shortly.

MR COE: Minister, how much of the $1 million in capital allocated in the 2017-18 budget has been expended, and on what?

MS FITZHARRIS: At this point I do not have that precise figure, but I look forward very much to making further announcements about this very important and exciting project very shortly.

Rural fire services—Molonglo

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, on 1 August 2017, ACT fire brigade staff were advised that renovations of the Molonglo brigade's RFS shed would commence on 10 August and conclude on 1 October 2017. Staff were told that during this three-week period RFS tankers would need to be housed at the west Belconnen fire station. Minister, is it the case that seven months later these RFS tankers are still being housed at the west Belconnen fire station? If so, why?

MR GENTLEMAN: I welcome Mr Hanson back to the police and emergency services portfolio from his respite in the health area. Unfortunately, I do not have any update for Mr Hanson on those matters at the moment. I am happy to take the question on notice and come back to him.

MR HANSON: Nothing has changed. Minister, do the renovations to the Molonglo brigade's RFS station comply with the fire safety requirements of the Building Code of Australia, and if not, why not?

MR GENTLEMAN: All construction in the ACT should comply with the fire regulations of Australia. I will ensure that that occurs.

MR COE: Minister, how much money has the government spent on renovations of the Molonglo RFS station?

MR GENTLEMAN: Quite a lot but I do not have the detail in front of me. I will come back to the chamber with the actual record.


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