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We understand that mental health services and supports are also a critical part of front-line health care. That is why the Budget delivers new supported accommodation options for people with complex mental health needs, and a boost to the targeted services that support teenagers, older people and those transitioning out of the justice system.

We will establish three community-based mental health accommodation facilities to provide long-term care for people who need 24-hour support. We will also establish a Step-Up-Step-Down facility on the south side of Canberra to provide short-term residential and clinical treatment for people discharged from hospital, and refurbish the 10-bed Extended Care Unit at the Brian Hennessey Rehabilitation Centre, to help provide a secure facility for people to transition back into the community.

Our support for Canberra's healthcare services and schools already accounts for over half the ACT Budget each year. But from this year we are stepping up our investments on the front line—on top of the major expansion in hospital and school infrastructure already underway that will come online in the next few years.

Keeping Canberra moving and delivering more services across our city and suburbs

Madam Speaker, we are overhauling Canberra's public transport system. We are designing a system that can move large numbers of people around quickly, efficiently and with the lowest possible impact on our environment; one that is simple to use and provides a genuine alternative to the car.

Light rail is at the heart of our plan for a city-wide integrated public transport network. That is why this year's Budget delivers more funding to progress the planning and approval of Stage 2 from the City to Woden, as well as to start the design work on the enabling infrastructure.

We will continue working through the design and approvals process with the National Capital Authority and the Federal Parliament to progress Stage 2 of Light Rail because this is the next step in delivering the essential public transport spine we need to connect Canberra's north and south.

Keeping Canberra moving also requires more investment in road and active travel connections—not just from our suburbs to the city, but between our town centres too.

That is why this Budget funds design and planning work on duplicating William Slim Drive from Ginninderra Drive to the Barton Highway, to help reduce congestion between Gungahlin and Belconnen.

Along with Commonwealth funding, our investment in upgrading the Monaro Highway will deliver shorter travel times and improve road safety. We will also start planning and design on the extension of John Gorton Drive and a bridge across the Molonglo River. This will provide a major new transport link for Molonglo as the region's community grows.


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