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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4191 ..


(4) When does the Government expect Higgins oval to reopen for organised sporting events.

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

(1) November 2020.

(2) Sporting use ceased on 30 July 2021 due to safety concerns with the soft and muddy surface conditions.

(3) The damage (loss of significant areas of grass cover) was due to waterlogged soil which was unable to withstand the impacts of sporting use.

(4) The oval is anticipated to reopen in February 2022, following restoration works that include the addition of subsoil drainage across the oval.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—COVID-19 screening(Question No 574)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 3 December 2021:

What is the nature of the support NSW Corrective Services is offering to ACT Corrective Services in rolling out rapid antigen screening at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

NSW Corrective Services (NSWCS) provided ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) with their operational processes and communications developed by them for staff and visitors regarding their Rapid Antigen Screening (RAS) program to assist ACTCS in developing and implementing its own RAS roll out. NSWCS and NSW Justice Health also participated in discussions with ACTCS and Canberra Health Services to provide insight into their experience with their RAS rollout.

Questions without notice taken on notice

ACT Health—emergency department

Ms Stephen-Smith (in reply to a question by Mr Milligan on Tuesday, 9 November 2021):

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Australian hospital statistics: Emergency department care (2011-12 to 2019-20), on which the AMA report is based, it is not the case that the ACT recorded the lowest jurisdictional performance on this measure in every year except 2016 17.

ACT Health—elective surgery

Ms Stephen-Smith (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Hanson on Tuesday, 9 November 2021):


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