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Thursday, 11 February 2021

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra Hospital—expansion

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.02): I am pleased to confirm that the Canberra Hospital expansion project, which will deliver a state-of-the-art emergency, surgical and critical care building, continues to develop at pace. The project remains on track for construction to be complete in 2024.

Since my last update to the Assembly, there has been substantial progress on the project. This can be clearly seen by anyone who has recently visited the Canberra Hospital campus, as I had the opportunity to do in January with the chair of the project’s advisory board and members of the Major Projects Canberra team.

Demonstrable progress has been made on the enabling works required ahead of the demolition of buildings 5 and 24, which will clear the site for the new critical services building. The new building 8 is rising rapidly, with the levels 2 and 3 structural elements recently installed. Installation of the level 4 structural elements began on 25 January. The new building 8 will provide upgraded facilities for the Canberra Sexual Health Centre and key teaching and training facilities on the campus. Building 8 will be completed in May this year.

The Child at Risk Health Unit, CARHU, works are nearing completion, including the additional works in building 3 for Child and Youth Protection Services and the family violence team. Following my recent tour of the facility, I am pleased to advise the Assembly that a vibrant fit-out complements this important community health service.

The building 4 redevelopment is now complete and was handed over to Canberra Health Services on 22 December 2020. The upgrade of the ANU Medical School and

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