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provides many answers to the concerns that Canberrans may have. We have also established a dedicated team that has been taking inquiries from people who have been concerned about their information that has been compromised. They are available through 132281 and pressing 1.

Access Canberra staff have been working around the clock over the last few weeks to support the ACT community. In the remaining seconds I have left, can I underline my thanks for all their work in supporting Canberrans: to those who have been working the phones, from our complaints and resolution team, as well as all those from our service centres and those who have been liaising with Optus, with other state and territory governments and the commonwealth and of course those who have been working to print, process and dispatch those licences.

Mr Barr: Madam Speaker, further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

ACT Emergency Services Agency—Belconnen supercell storm

MR GENTLEMAN: Further to questions asked by Mrs Kikkert and Mr Cain regarding the storms in Belconnen earlier this year, I table a media release from Evoenergy, dated 22 September, in response to the committee inquiry:

Evoenergy—Inquiry into West Belconnen supercell thunderstorm report, dated 22 September 2022.

I draw members’ attention to the following in the release:

We heard valuable feedback on how we can improve and work with residents when the power is off. Residents impacted by the storm told us they want to be notified via SMS when we detect a power interruption within our network. As a result, we’re upgrading our systems to introduce SMS notifications for unplanned outages to ensure Canberrans have the latest information about the power supply at their property.

We are committed to reviewing and improving how we respond to storms. This includes ensuring we’re aligned with other agencies in our approach to prioritise public safety before restoring power supply …

We welcome inquiries like this to ensure we are reflecting on how we can all better support the Canberra community.

ACT Health—elective surgery

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Ms Castley asked a question about the number of patients on the elective surgery joint replacement waitlist. I am advised that, as of August, the verified data shows there were 644 patients on the joint waitlist who are ready for care. I would note, however, that the median wait time is a better indication of the total number on the waitlist, in some ways, because some of the people who are on the current waitlist would not be due for their surgery yet, according to the various category waiting times. As of September, the category 2 median wait time at census was almost exactly the same as it was in February this year, before the pull forward of those elective surgeries that I talked about, which did in fact reduce the

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