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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Canberra Hospital—car park—petition Nos 100 and 103—ministerial response

The Clerk: The following response to petitions has been lodged by a minister:

By Ms Gallagher, Minister for Health, dated 28 September 2009, in response to petitions lodged by Mr Hanson on 19 and 26 August 2009 concerning the proposed multi-storey car park at the Canberra Hospital.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

The response read as follows:

Halt the carpark demolition planned for September 2009

ACT Health has undertaken a comprehensive and detailed master planning process for the Canberra Hospital which I believe has arrived at the optimum solution for the future of the campus. The location and design of the new multistorey carpark is a product of this planning process.

The Government has now approved the construction of the car park in its current location. On balance, this is a solution that both meets the needs of the campus for adequate car parking, and provides for a high quality, appropriate new mental health facility for the ACT.

Seek the advice of the Chief Psychiatrist as the mental health implications of building the planned carpark overlooking the planned new acute mental health facility, and publish that advice

The Chief Psychiatrist provided advice into the development of the proposed multistorey carpark and the Acute Adult Mental Health Inpatient Unit through her involvement in development workshops and value management reviews for the Capital Asset Development Plan Stage 2. She raised no objection to either development. This advice was provided in a workshop environment not as formal written advice.

In addition, there has, and continues to be, considerable input from Mental Health ACT staff and mental health carers and consumers into both the design of the carpark and the design of the Acute Adult Mental Health Inpatient Unit. This is evidenced by the range of features being designed into both the carpark and the Acute Adult Mental Health Inpatient Unit to minimise any possible impacts on the mental health unit from the carpark. For the carpark, these features include the “pixellated” facade to prevent overlooking and avoidance of possible points of self harm. For the mental health unit, these include its orientation towards the

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