Page 2158 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 2 August 2022

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Through this budget, we are investing $28.447 million to develop detailed design and undertake extensive stakeholder and community consultation for the expansion of the Canberra Theatre Centre, including a new major theatre.

We will invest a further $2.393 million to commence essential workplace health and safety upgrades to the current Canberra Theatre Centre and to provide the required resourcing to support the evolution of the Canberra Theatre Centre.

And this budget invests in one of our beloved ACT Historic Places: we are providing almost a million dollars over four years to improve the Lanyon Homestead, including tree removal and replacement, and conversion of the Nolan Gallery into a fit-for-purpose administration space.

One of the most exciting announcements has been the investment of $8 million in major heritage restorations and critical building upgrades at Gorman House Arts Centre to celebrate the site’s centenary in 2024, which also delivers on a parliamentary and governing agreement commitment.

This funding also includes the development of a strategic framework for the future management of government arts facilities, ensuring that we understand the unique needs of these assets, many of which are heritage-listed.

Madam Speaker, these investments contribute to developing the capacity and the capability of the ACT arts sector in supporting artists and audiences, and they help bring us one step closer to our ambition for Canberra to be recognised as Australia’s arts capital.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Canberra Hospital—services

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: In recognising the interest that Ms Castley and others have expressed in the incident of the death of a five-year old at Canberra Hospital recently, I want to confirm, further to my earlier answer, that Canberra Health Services, of course, has processes in place to monitor safety risks and respond to incidents through their clinical governance structures. That includes completing rapid incident assessments to ensure that any immediate risks are identified and to inform further internal reviews through clinical review committees.

I can confirm that Canberra Health Services is conducting a clinical review, as is the usual process following an unexpected death. As has also been reported publicly, the case has been directed to the coroner for their review, and Canberra Health Services is fully cooperating with the coroner.

We recognise that these processes are not always transparent to families. I have asked that this be looked into. I can advise that the chief operating officer is undertaking a review of the process of engaging families when the internal investigation, known as a root cause analysis, is underway.

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