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Infrastructure Plan, which is central to continued community, business and industry confidence in our infrastructure pipeline of projects—small, medium and large.

It is important that we continue the delivery of our significantly advanced major projects without unnecessary delays. Any major changes to proposals simply to differentiate oneself, as we have seen in some jurisdictions around the country, does nothing but waste time, create sovereign risk and jeopardise business confidence. We will not go down that path.

In closing, I look forward to keeping the Assembly and the community updated on the Infrastructure Plan. We will provide that further update by the end of calendar year 2021. We will continue to work with our infrastructure partners to ensure that Canberra emerges stronger, together, after the pandemic. I present the following paper:

ACT Infrastructure Plan—Update—Ministerial statement, 2 June 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Ms Stephen-Smith) adjourned to the next sitting.

COVID-19 pandemic response—update

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.38): I rise to provide another update on the COVID-19 situation in the ACT and the plans, preparations and actions that the government continues to take to protect the health and wellbeing of Canberrans.

I am pleased to report that the ACT continues to do well with our response to COVID-19 and we are seeing an increasing number of eligible Canberrans booking their appointment to be vaccinated against COVID-19. I would like to thank the Canberra community once again for following the public health directions and advice that are critical to our continued efforts to stop the spread of the virus, particularly given the current situation in Victoria. I want to acknowledge the continued hard work of our frontline hospital staff, staff at testing and vaccination centres and our entire public health team in helping to keep the community safe.

The COVID-19 outbreak unfolding in Victoria serves as another reminder of just how quickly the COVID-19 situation can change and why we must all continue to be vigilant. On 24 May 2021, two new positive cases were identified in the City of Whittlesea. Genome sequencing results confirmed that these infections were linked to an individual who completed hotel quarantine in South Australia and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 following exit from quarantine. Of the two initial cases, one had symptoms and was deemed infectious from 20 May and the second case was

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