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for everyone is something that we take very seriously, so we are continuing to work with staff, the ANMF, WorkSafe ACT, the Human Rights Commission and clinical experts to deliver the best clinical practice for patients and a safe workplace. That means that when we can identify possible areas for improvement, we do that quickly.
There has been significant work over a period of years to reduce occupational violence across the whole of Canberra Health Services, including at Dhulwa. While this has resulted in an ongoing reduction in incidents of occupational violence, we did see some specific circumstances in February that resulted in a particularly high number of incidents and we are continuing to address safety issues as they are raised by the nurses. I would encourage them to put in a RiskMan report if there is anything that they can see that is worrying them about their safety at work.
MR HANSON: Minister, what is your plan to attract nurses to work in mental health, given the events at Dhulwa?
MS DAVIDSON: There is extensive work underway within Canberra Health Services to attract and retain some fantastic staff, including across all of our mental health facilities. I note that we had great success in attracting people from outside the ACT to come here to work in Ward 12B when that was opened, our new subacute ward. That work has been quite helpful in increasing the number of mental health nurses who are working in the ACT. The nurse and midwife ratios that have been implemented across Canberra Health Services are also helping to provide opportunities for more people to work in our fantastic services.
Lake Tuggeranong—recreational fishing
MR DAVIS: My question is to the minister for city services, and it relates to recreational fishing around Lake Tuggeranong. Minister, as you are aware, I recently surveyed almost 500 of my constituents on issues pertaining to Lake Tuggeranong, particularly about the government’s plan for the foreshore upgrades. Interestingly, people took advantage of the free form box, and a lot of people wanted to talk to me specifically about recreational fishing around the lake. Can you outline for the Assembly what work is being done to ensure that recreational fishing does not come at the cost of people’s ability to enjoy the lake amenity?
MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. This is probably something that fits into other ministers’ portfolio areas, but I can talk specifically about TCCS’s involvement in helping to manage our waterways, and particularly the urban open space that surrounds them as well.
There are a number of water bodies in the ACT that we have to manage, including Lake Tuggeranong. We are consulting with Lake Tuggeranong residents at the moment about what upgrades they would like to see around the foreshore, to get a better understanding of what the priorities are, if there are conflict points around the lake for different recreational uses, and what capital improvements can be made right around the lake, not just around the Tuggeranong town centre, to ensure that we can continue to enhance the use of this asset into the future. If there are some specific things that Mr Davis wants to raise—I know he has provided some feedback and