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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 2024 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

I certainly will not be pre-empting the working party's report, mainly because I have not seen it yet, as you have not. We will be taking on board those recommendations. I would suggest, though, that we would not be looking back 70 years; we would be looking into the future to find out the sort of service that is most appropriate for now and for the future. That probably will not be exactly the same service that has been available in the past. I think the community has changed. I do not believe that issues such as families in crisis and postnatal depression have been handled as well as they could have been in the past, and I would like to make sure that they are in the future.

We will be looking at services that have a more outreach focus, so that we can get out into the community and not have a service that is insular in its approach. We will be looking for more day care services for families in crisis, for women with feeding problems, for women with problems with their babies. All of those things have been stated in the past. The basic issue here is that we have a working party that has representatives from all of the interested parties in this area. I will be as interested as you are to see what they recommend, and I am sure that the whole Assembly will debate this issue in full.

Road Closures

MR CONNOLLY: My question is to Mr De Domenico, and he will be relieved to know that it has nothing to do with Mr Hird or any matters involving Mr Hird. As Minister for Urban Services, you wrote to a Reid resident on 30 May and said:

Before any closures or other changes to traffic arrangements could be considered, the impact to the residents and businesses of both Reid and Campbell would have to be taken into account. Any decision to further progress the option of closing Currong Street would only be made in consultation with these two groups.

However, I understand that in the October newsletter of the Reid Residents Association there is a statement saying that there will be a trial closure. Will you guarantee that your promise in May that there would be no closures until there had been full consultation will be adhered to?

MR DE DOMENICO: The answer is yes.

MR CONNOLLY: I am pleased to get a clear assurance, because it has always been the practice that road closures do not occur until there is consultation. By way of a supplementary question, can I take it that that statement in the Reid newsletter that there will be a trial closure is wrong?

MR DE DOMENICO: I have not read the newsletter of the Reid Residents Association because I live in Conder, for a start.

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