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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2021) . . Page.. 1920 ..

At approximately 43,000 square metres, the new critical services building will provide the Canberra community with a new 60-bed intensive care unit; 22 new theatres; an emergency department with 147 treatment spaces; a new acute cardiac care unit; and state-of-the-art medical imaging facilities; as well as some fantastic facilities and amenity for staff, patients and visitors at the hospital, recognising the healing power of green spaces and the importance of the amenities across our hospital; and serving to improve things like way-finding, where we have heard from the community that improvements are needed at Canberra Hospital.

The Canberra Hospital expansion is also delivering jobs to the Canberra community, an innovative all-electric design, and a facility that supports the health and wellbeing of people. A six-week public notification period for the development application closed on 18 June for the new critical services building. The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate is reviewing the submissions received from the public.

In the meantime, the territory’s delivery partner, Multiplex, has submitted its final design and construction offer for the delivery of the critical services building, and I look forward to making a further announcement about that shortly. The delivery of the state-of-the-art emergency, surgical and critical care building remains on track for completion in 2024.

We are also planning further ahead for the future of the whole Canberra Hospital campus through the Canberra Hospital master plan. We are making sure that the Canberra community can tell us what they need from the hospital campus into the future. The master plan will guide how future campus infrastructure investment decisions are considered, ensuring that future changes make the campus even more welcoming and usable for patients and staff.

The first phase of the community consultation on the Canberra Hospital master plan closed on 10 March, after running for six weeks. Through this consultation more than 800 pieces of feedback were received. The consultation reached more than 30,000 people through YourSay, social media and roadshows to shopping centres around the city.

The master plan team has presented at each community council across Canberra, inviting input at the presentation and through multiple channels, including the YourSay webpage and face-to-face events. Phase 1 consultation activities have informed the development of master plan options and a phase 1 listening report on community feedback is now live on the Canberra Hospital master plan YourSay page. Phase 2 of consultation will commence shortly and will allow the community and expert stakeholders to provide their thoughts and feedback on more detailed master plan options.

As Canberra continues to grow, we are planning investments across the territory for the community to access more hospital services, including through a new north side hospital to be ready for construction to start mid-decade. Growth in demand for health services is expected to keep rising strongly in Canberra’s north and across our city.

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