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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 158 ..


segment that is most in need of practical assistance; that is, multiple owner residential developments, rather than single owner buildings that are assessed as potentially having combustible cladding. We will be engaging with industry associations and representatives to enable industry input around the development of the scheme.

MRS JONES: Minister, when can we expect, in the first half of 2021, to perhaps get a report on the cladding problems in non-government buildings?

MS VASSAROTTI: In relation to private buildings, this will be a voluntary scheme. It will be important that private owners come forward and let us know about the issues.

Mrs Jones: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, Ms Vassarotti.

Mrs Jones: By way of clarification, the question was: when will a report come out?

MADAM SPEAKER: It is not a point of order. I think the minister is replying to your question about the work that can be done in the private sector in the future.

MS VASSAROTTI: Because we are in the early stages of establishing the program, and it will be a voluntary program, as we develop the criteria we will continue to report to the Assembly on progress.

MR PARTON: Minister, what advice has the government provided to the property management sector in relation to eligibility for and the accessing of the $2½ million voluntary scheme that was announced in August?

MS VASSAROTTI: As noted in my previous answer, we are establishing the eligibility requirements. We are working with industry regarding those eligibility requirements. As soon as the program is up and running, we will be working with property owners around eligibility and how to access it.

Health—nurse-led walk-in centres

MR DAVIS: My question is to the Minister for Health and it relates to the Tuggeranong Walk-In Centre. I want to congratulate you, Minister, on the success of the government’s walk-in centres, including ones opened as a result of last term’s parliamentary agreement. What impact has the opening of the Tuggeranong Walk-In Centre had on demand in emergency at the Canberra Hospital?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Davis for his question and his interest in health care closer to home for the people of Tuggeranong in his own electorate of Brindabella. It is not really possible to tell with precision what impact each individual walk-in centre has had on emergency department demand. But what we do know is that, as the walk-in centres have opened, we have seen a reduction in categories 4 and 5 presentations at our emergency departments at the same time as we have seen an increase in categories 1, 2 and 3 presentations. So overall demand has increased on


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