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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (30 October) . . Page.. 4473 ..


EPSDD is also undertaking a series of accessibility road tests of our parks. Through these projects the directorate will bring both virtual reality and real-life experiences to people with a disability to ensure that they are able to experience and enjoy the wonderful parks and reserves of the ACT that most of us take for granted.

The government has also partnered with the Canberra Business Chamber and the ACT Inclusion Council to provide the inclusion in employment project. The project aims to expand employment opportunities for people with disability in Canberra's private sector. The results so far are even better than the business chamber projected. The ACT government is also committed to ensuring that community groups, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations become more inclusive and welcoming of people with disability, which is why we doubled the funding for the hugely successful disability inclusion grants in the 2018-19 budget.

Canberra Hospital—plumbing issues

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to media reports on 27 October of plumbing problems in the neurology ward of the Canberra Hospital. Have there been plumbing issues in the neurology ward at any time this year that have caused patients to be moved or receive services elsewhere at any time?

MS FITZHARRIS: Yes, there was a leak; and no, my recollection of the advice—and I will confirm if this is correct—is that, no, there was no impact on clinical areas. There was an impact on a clinical tearoom. I will provide further advice if that is available.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, have the plumbing problems in the neurology ward added to fall risks for patients and staff?

MS FITZHARRIS: No, I do not believe so.

MRS DUNNE: What were the plumbing problems in the neurology ward? What has it cost to fix them?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take that question on notice and note, of course, that Canberra Hospital is a significant campus with many buildings with which there will always be a number of issues, which our very capable infrastructure and maintenance teams will address.

Light rail—stage 1 update

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Transport. Minister, with the final rail installation happening on light rail last week and significant progress being made on the light rail stops and landscaping and dynamic testing of the vehicles now taking place, can you further update the Assembly on the construction of light rail stage 1?


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