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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 February 2021) . . Page.. 386 ..


MR PARTON: Minister, can you add to that, for this financial year, what portion of SLA land sales have attracted stamp duty concessions from the ACT government, for this financial year?

MS BERRY: So you want me to wait till July?

MR PARTON: It is the same question as Alistair’s but just referring to stamp duty concessions from the ACT government, rather than the commonwealth government through the HomeBuilder scheme. It is the same question for this financial year. What portion of SLA land sales have attracted stamp duty concessions from the ACT government to date?

MS BERRY: Yes, I can do that. Thank you for clarifying.

Health—walk-in centres

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, could you please advise the Assembly what funding is included in the budget for new walk-in health centres?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question and for his interest in future new walk-in health centres across Canberra. Our walk-in health centres continue to build on our commitment to providing health care to Canberrans closer to home, when and where they need it. Walk-in health centres will introduce appointment-based services in the community, alongside access to immediate care. It is really about expanding and coordinating our existing network of five walk-in centres, our network of community health centres and these new centres into an integrated community care set of facilities that will also integrate with primary care.

The 2020-21 budget provides $2 million to undertake feasibility for four new walk-in health centres over 2020-21 and 2021-22. This feasibility work will assess which appointment-based services would be best suited to each walk-in health centre across south Tuggeranong, north Gungahlin, west Belconnen and the inner south. These services will be focused on providing preventive care and advice, early intervention and the management of chronic illnesses. The new walk-in health centres will also explore better models of integration with primary health and community-based non-government organisations—something that I know our non-government organisations and primary health sector partners have welcomed and are keen to be involved with.

We are also providing just over $750,000 to open the first new walk-in health centre in Coombs, to open in July 2021. This centre will pilot an alternative model of care, integrating services with general practice, with a focus on maternal child and family health care—services that we believe will be in demand in the growing area of Molonglo Valley. This will be a theme of all walk-in health centres—providing the services that the community needs, informed by data and working with the community.


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