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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3074 ..


The depth of sediment is being tested as part of the work underway to fill in part of the West Basin. Minister, is the EPA also using this unique opportunity to test the sediment for environmental pollution and contaminants?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. I will take that on notice.

MS LE COUTEUR: I suspect that this question will also be taken on notice. Is the sediment testing process also being used by water engineers to look at how we can improve the water quality of the lake and enhance it as a native fish habitat, amongst other environmental purposes?

MR RAMSAY: Indeed, I will take it on notice.

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—upgrade program

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, in your statement today about maternity services you failed to give a firm date for the completion of the upgrades to the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. At the 2016 election you promised they would be delivered in 2019. In a press release issued in June 2017 you said it would be in 2020-21. In answer to an estimates question taken on notice this year, the Acting Minister for Health and Wellbeing said they would be delivered in 2021-22. As each year goes past, will the upgrades to the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children be pushed out by another year?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mrs Dunne for the question. The answer is no.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, in your statement why did you fail to commit to a firm completion date for the upgrades of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children?

MS FITZHARRIS: I believe I answered this question yesterday but, as I indicated yesterday, in undertaking significant upgrades and expansions of health infrastructure projects, as more information has come to light, that date has now been moved to a different financial year. As I indicated yesterday, I look forward to giving further advice to the community later this year about all our health infrastructure projects and I very much look forward to doing that.

MR HANSON: Minister, why are the delivery dates for the upgrades being pushed out a year at a time?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will refer members to my answers to the previous questions and to those in yesterday's question time.

Carers—support services

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. Minister, in answer to a question about your decision to reduce funding for some grandparent carers, you stated that those impacted had been referred to Carers ACT, which "provide a wide range of support to carers of all kinds, including grandparent carers providing informal care to children". As both their website and a


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