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(9) During 2006-07 and 2007-08 to date, there have been no reported instances of staff being unable to attend to the needs of patients because of the lack of supply of consumables.

(10) During 2006-07 and 2007-08 to date, there have been no reported instances of the health of patients being placed at risk because of the unavailability of consumables.

Griffin Centre—parking
(Question No 1676)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 30 August 2007:

(1) Is the Minister aware (a) of the multitude of parking problems for volunteers, users and tenants of the Griffin Centre, particularly since the development of Section 84 and (b) that there are only two disabled car spaces outside the Griffin Centre, where there used to be six disabled spaces in the general government carpark along Bunda St, as well as additional disabled parking within the old Griffin Centre carpark;

(2) Is the Minister considering (a) making more disabled spaces available in the area and (b) instituting time limited parking in the existing disabled spaces in the interim;

(3) Is the Minister aware that (a) many volunteer organisations, including many users of the Griffin Centre, are issued with Volunteer Parking Permits which are only useable in Government long-stay parks and (b) the only applicable carparks are those either near the Assembly or near the Law Courts, both of which are quite far from the Griffin Centre, especially for the elderly, resulting in volunteers doing less volunteer work;

(4) Is the Minister considering improving options for users of these volunteer parking permits, either by validating volunteer permits in parallel parks alongside the Centre or in meter parks in Civic and Braddon or by the Government purchasing prepaid tickets from the QIC carparks, which are close to the Centre;

(5) Given that construction workers are using most of the short stay parks alongside the Centre, making loading impossible, is the Minister considering reinstituting five to 15 minute spots in order for users of the Griffin Centre to load and drop off;

(6) Will the Government be installing bicycle parking alongside the Griffin Centre.

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

(1) (a) I am aware that there are parking concerns at the Griffin Centre.

(b) Yes.

(2) (a) Yes. Two new disabled parking spaces were installed on 23 July 2007.

(b) This was instituted on 23 July 2007.

(3) (a) and (b) Yes.

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