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replace critical end-of-life infrastructure assets at ACT Policing sites to ensure that they remain operational. It has also provided funds to develop a strategic asset management plan for all ACT Policing facilities. That asset management plan is needed to improve visibility of the current asset condition, and identify and prioritise asset upgrades and costs, so that ACT police facilities can continue to be maintained and deliver an appropriate level of service to the ACT community.
As part of the budget, the government will be conducting feasibility studies into the relocation of the Winchester Police Centre and the city police station, as well as Policing infrastructure needs in the Woden and Molonglo areas. Funding provided will also see an increase in supporting resources such as vehicles, body-worn cameras and other operational equipment.
By bolstering police numbers and equipping them with the necessary resources, police will be able to be more proactive, attend a greater range of incidents and respond in a timely manner.
Mr Hanson interjecting—
MR GENTLEMAN: Of course, the challenge will be for Mr Hanson to vote for this in the budget later on.
MR PETTERSSON: Minister, what investment has the ACT government made in our other emergency services?
MADAM SPEAKER: Again, within the public domain, Minister Gentleman.
Mr Hanson interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, enough.
MR GENTLEMAN: We have already announced quite a bit of funding in this budget process for a new emergency services station—one in Molonglo Valley, in order to service their growing population. It builds on the government’s history of investing in our emergency services.
The government has invested $30.16 million over four years to continue to implement the ACT Ambulance Service comprehensive, modernised and sustainable service plan. Through this investment, new staff have been employed—extended care paramedics, and intensive care paramedics specialised in treating bariatric patients—two ambulance vehicles have been purchased and crewed, along with five other vehicles, as well as more resources provided for ACTAS clinical governance and education units. This builds on the $15.2 million provided to ACTAS in the 2021-22 budget to begin its modernisation reform agenda.
MR PARTON: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, in the context of the recent federal debate about rent controls, the federal housing minister, Julie Collins, absolutely slammed the ACT’s rent controls on ABC’s Insiders on Sunday morning. She said: