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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 6 May 2008) . . Page.. 1443 ..

2008-09, $99.1 million in 2009-10, $99.8 million in 2010-11, and $99.2 million in 2011-12.

But the Budget also commits this Government to a billion-dollar, five-year program of infrastructure investment that will ready us for the future.

Building the Future

Climate change, the ageing of the population, changing models of health care, new technologies and labour supply constraints are converging.

It is time for reconfigured, expanded and new infrastructure, to ensure our continuing prosperity and the sustainability of our services.

Building the Future is a billion-dollar investment in the productive capacity of our economy.

It will reduce future costs and provide for growth—in the economy and in our town.

It will give us an edge against other urban centres as we compete for the best people.

And because infrastructure projects themselves have long lead times, and have the capacity to impact on labour supply and create spikes in the economy, they need to be properly planned well in advance, and they need to be properly scheduled.

Our commitment will focus on:

• a health system to serve the needs of the next decade and beyond;

• improvements to the transport system;

• meeting the challenges of climate change;

• improving urban amenities;

• public service infrastructure; and

• providing for the growth of the city and its economy.

Building the Future will create a health system for the next decade—starting with a massive $300 million capital injection.

The investment will start a process of redeveloping and reconfiguring our hospitals and establishing a network of community health facilities.

This first phase of the investment will deliver:

• a Women’s and Children’s Hospital to improve hospital services for women and children, at a cost of $90 million;

• a suite of mental health facilities including an Adult Acute Inpatient Unit, a Secure Adult Unit, a Mental Health Assessment Unit, and a forward design for a Young Person’s Unit, at an all-up cost of $37.6 million;

• a new Community Health Centre for the fast-growing community of Gungahlin, at a cost of $18 million;

• a new, 16-bed Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit at Calvary Hospital, at a cost of $9.4 million;

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