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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 November 2021) . . Page.. 3132 ..


There are a whole range of other changes in that model of care. I am confident that we will see changes in these numbers. This is not something that you can just click your fingers and hope for and do overnight. We actually have to work with the team in the emergency department, and that is what we have been doing. Over the last two years, despite COVID, we have been working with the team in the emergency department to understand what is going to improve this situation and to put measures in place to implement it.

MR PARTON: Minister, can you, in the next 100 seconds or so, specifically detail how the ACT will get back to the 70-plus per cent seen on time for urgent category patients?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I refer Mr Parton to my answers to previous questions today.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, why did you commit to having 70 per cent of ED patients seen and discharged or admitted within four hours when you have made no significant changes as of yet to actually achieve this outcome?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: We have made a range of significant changes to achieve this outcome. We have started to see that target improve over the last little while. I will release the next quarterly performance report and the one after that and Mrs Jones will be able to see the outcomes. I am not going to say that we are going to reach 70 per cent for the whole quarter in the next little while, but the investments that we have made in the budget exactly reflect some of the changes that we have implemented and are continuing to implement.

Roads—William Hovell Drive

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. I have recently met with a number of people who back on to William Hovell Drive and who will be impacted by the planned duplication and the shared path there. Many of them did not receive a letter in the first round because they fell outside the statutory zone for consultation, and they really felt their voices were not heard. I have asked a few questions about this and we have discussed it, and the Hawker community have asked me to follow up and get this matter on record. Can you outline what further consultation will occur for the William Hovell Drive duplication and for the shared path?

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Clay for her question. I can confirm we are not duplicating a shared path; we are duplicating William Hovell Drive, and we will be as part of that process be building a new shared path, which is up to seven kilometres long connecting with Bindubi Street and into the city.

We do want to hear the community’s views in relation to this project. We undertook consultation as part of the development application process and on the draft EIS that


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