Page 1803 - Week 06 - Thursday, 3 June 2021

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Currently the ACT Government is paying approximately $270,000 per year (excluding GST) for the acceptance and processing of this green waste.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—methadone use
(Question No 275)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Justice Health, upon notice, on 14 May 2021:

Does ACT Health prescribe methadone to inmates with chronic pain conditions; if so, how does ACT Corrective Services confirm an inmate genuinely has chronic pain conditions before allowing them access to methadone.

Ms Davidson: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

ACT Corrective Services has no role in confirming any clinical presentation or health matters and/or decision relating to the treatment of any health condition.

Canberra Health Services through Justice Health Services prescribes methadone as part of the Opioid Replacement Therapy which is available at the Hume Health Centre. Methadone may be used for pain relief however this is a clinical decision made by the prescriber based on clinical assessment and investigation.

Questions without notice taken on notice

Planning—vacant shops

Mr Gentleman (in reply to supplementary questions by Mr Davis and Ms Clay on Wednesday, 21 April 2021):

The ACT Government can obligate owners to maintain their spaces to comply with relevant health, safety, licensing and similar requirements.

The ACT Government is currently reviewing the ACT’s 93 Local Centres (CZ4 zone) to identify trends and issues in local centres in both greenfields and established suburbs. This includes reviewing planning and non-planning levers that could be used to address issues in particular centres.

However, decisions about where and whether to open a business and rent retail space are a matter for individual business owners and not for the ACT Government to mandate.

The McKellar shops site, like all CZ4 – Local Centre shops, is privately owned and any plans for future development are the responsibility of the owner. The ACT Government has unsuccessfully attempted to contact the owners on several occasions to establish their intention for the site.

Roads—traffic management

Mr Steel (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Davis on Wednesday, 12 May 2021):

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