Page 2888 - Week 07 - Thursday, 7 June 2012

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illness and injury in the workplace and improving the health and return to work outcomes for those who are injured. I would like to thank all directorates for their ongoing collaborative efforts on this plan. I commend the progress report to the Assembly.

Out-of-order petition

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—Yamba Drive—Request to construct an overpass or underpass near The Canberra Hospital.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I have just tabled an out-of-order petition which I have received on pedestrian safety on Yamba Drive near the Canberra Hospital. The petition, which was organised by staff from the Canberra Hospital, requests construction of either an overpass or underpass at the pedestrian crossing at the lights on Yamba Drive near the hospital. Whilst the petition is, in the formal sense, an out-of-order petition, I would like to provide the Assembly with an update on the work that is underway in relation to Yamba Drive, and I will provide the petitioners with a copy of this statement.

As this Assembly is aware, on 3 May 2012 a motor vehicle accident occurred on Yamba Drive resulting in the tragic death of a staff member of the hospital and severe injuries to another staff member. While the details of the accident were widely reported in the media, a coroner’s investigation and report are still pending and we await the outcomes and recommendations of that investigation.

The ACT government, through Roads ACT, is however undertaking a review of the safety of Yamba Drive in the vicinity of the Canberra Hospital, and an independent road safety audit is currently underway. The audit covers Yamba Drive between Kitchener Street and Hindmarsh Drive. It will include an assessment of the operation and performance of the existing vehicular traffic and pedestrian management infrastructure in place. The Health Directorate will arrange for staff from the Canberra Hospital to meet with the audit team and all comments obtained from hospital staff will be provided to the audit team and considered in the final recommendation.

The audit will cover a range of time periods. There are the main staff arrivals in the morning from 6.30 till 9.30 and departures, including from 3.30 in the afternoon till 6 pm, mid-morning, when patients and visitors arrive, and in the early evening during darkness. The audit will be undertaken consistent with national guidelines and a draft report will be presented to Roads ACT and Health towards the end of this month.

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