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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 August 2008) . . Page.. 2949 ..

MR SPEAKER: Just stick to the subject matter of the question.

MR HARGREAVES: Those projects, as identified in the document that they sought from us, which we happily gave them, told of the plan over zero to five years. They add up to $90 million. The infrastructure fund has a provision for those funds: $83 million is the provision. Our advice from roads goes back months.

Mrs Burke: Don’t make the hole any bigger.

Mr Pratt: This reminds me of Dr Who and his travelling machine.

MR HARGREAVES: You just don’t understand it, do you—or you are deliberately obtuse.

MR SPEAKER: Hurling insults across the chamber does not assist us much. Mrs Dunne, with a supplementary question.

MRS DUNNE: My supplementary question to the Chief Minister is: why did you ignore traffic studies published by the Department of Urban Services in 2001, which showed that the daily traffic volumes would reach 20,000 vehicles north of Belconnen Way and 30,000 vehicles on Caswell Drive by 2006? Chief Minister, why did you ignore them? Why were these traffic volumes so unexpected?

MR STANHOPE: I have never ignored any traffic modelling, Mr Speaker, ever.

Ambulance service—resourcing

MS PORTER: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, can you outline what steps the government has undertaken to improve resourcing to the ACT Ambulance Service?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for her question. I am very pleased to outline to the Assembly that the Labor government has undertaken significant levels of investment in improving resourcing for the ACT Ambulance Service.

Last month I was pleased to unveil five new ambulance vehicles for the ACT Ambulance Service fleet. Three of these vehicles are all-new additions to the fleet and two replace older, intensive care ambulances. These new ambulance vehicles increase the total number of ambulances in the fleet to 20, including our patient transport units.

This highlights the government’s commitment to improving the capability and the resourcing of our ACT Ambulance Service. It is very important to remember that we have seen an increase of around 10 per cent per annum in ambulance callouts each year for the past four to five years. These new intensive care ambulances are a welcome addition to the ambulance fleet, with demand for ambulance services in the territory continuing to rise. The level of investment is about $914,000 for these five new vehicles. These are four intensive care ambulances and one patient transport unit.

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