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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 18 March 2010) . . Page.. 1183 ..

A number of staff and FBC suggestions will be incorporated in the next phase of design. These include:

Home-like environment;

A low-technology environment in all birthing rooms;

Larger and specifically designed birthing pools;

Provision of equipment and bedroom fixtures to facilitate active labour and birthing; and

Larger rooms with easily accessible beds.

The FBC have also requested an alternate configuration to the current double corridor design to reduce the ward like feel of the centre (and maximise the home like environment). The project architects are developing a number of options which aim to meet both this requirement and the underlying Building Code of Australia requirements.

(3) The Women’s and Children’s Executive Reference Group approved the preliminary sketch plans on 2 February 2010. This means the architects (BVN) have permission to progress the plans to the next stage of development. This stage is the final sketch plans (FSP) and is the stage where the plans will develop with a much higher level of detail. This will include interior design, fitouts, furnishings etc of the birth centre to maximise its home like environment.

In addition, as discussed above the overall layout of the Birth Centre is still open to change as per the responses in (2) and (3) above to develop alternate configurations to the double corridor layout.

Planning—Currong site(Question No 545)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 11 February 2010:

(1) What options is the ACT Government currently considering for the future of the Currong site.

(2) What are the ACT Government’s timelines for progressing these options.

(3) Who is the ACT Government consulting with in developing and progressing these options.

(4) What are the anticipated financial implications of each of these options.

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

(1) A range of uses for Currong are being considered including residential, commercial, retail, office and community.

(2) The studies are being progressed with the aim of finalising the development controls for the site by the beginning of 2011.

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