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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2720 ..

(3) A quote for connection to reticulated mains electricity was received from ActewAGL. It was for $17,120 including trenching, cabling and restoration.

(4) The system uses solar power to recharge batteries during day light hours which are used to operate radio transmitter/receiver of the irrigation system. The system can then be used at any time, in a similar manner to those at other grounds.

(5) Garran Oval is being watered at present using the new system to re-establish a quality grass surface after the installation process. Watering is in compliance with current water restrictions.

Canberra Hospital-security

(Question No 803)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

In relation to security arrangements at The Canberra Hospital and an incident that occurred there on Monday 23 June 2003 at approximately 2.30 pm where a telephone was ripped out from a reception area by a seemingly irate person:

(1) Does The Canberra Hospital currently have security arrangements in place for the protection of patients, staff and visitors, and if so, what are those arrangements;

(2) If the answer to (1) above is no, then why are security arrangements not in place;

(3) Do the security arrangements differ by (a) day and (b) time;

(4) What was the amount of funding provided by the ACT Government for security at The Canberra Hospital in the (a) 2001-02 (b) 2002-03 (c) 2003-04 budgets.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

The Canberra Hospital views the issue of security very seriously. The main focus of security at the hospital is protection of staff, patients and visitors. While it may be desirable in some circumstances to seek to exclude some people from the campus, the hospital is a large public facility that is freely available to the public during business hours.

(1) The Canberra Hospital has security officers that patrol the Hospital Campus at all times (internal and external). A minimum of two guards are present on the campus after 6.00pm. Although all car parks on the Hospital campus are public areas, there are protective measures in place. This includes periodic patrolling day and night by the on-duty security officer, security lighting and emergency communication facilities.

The security by Chubb consists of the following:

One Security Officer 24 hours / 7 days. (2 x 12 hour shifts)

One Security Officer 7 days (1900 to 2300)

One Security Officer 7 days (1900 to 0500)

Nightly visit by Chubb Duty Inspector

Designated Guards patrol both car parks between 1900 - 2300 daily and one guard is located at Accident and Emergency between 2300 - 0500.

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