Page 308 - Week 01 - Thursday, 29 November 2012

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DR BOURKE: Chief Minister, can you advise the Assembly of some of the important relationships and organisations that we will be working with in the future to build on the strength of our regional economy?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, I can work through the important relationships. I would say that this cannot be a one-way discussion. We have a lot of use of ACT government services by New South Wales residents and whilst we will be working on regional collaboration and better planning, it is not a sign that the ACT government is going to not seek commensurate compensation for the services that are provided, particularly when you look at new developments that are being approved on the borders and the impact they potentially have on the infrastructure costs for the ACT.

We have the MOU with the New South Wales government. We are working, in small projects like the cross-border bus service, with the Queanbeyan City Council. We have worked on applications to commonwealth governments for funding in joint proposals between the RDA for southern inland and the RDA for the ACT, with a lot of coordination that goes on in relation to emergency services. We have started up some new services in the health area where I think the greatest opportunity exists for us to provide a truly borderless and seamless health service, if we can get it right.

Relationships are important. The mayors are obviously important. I have been contacted recently by the mayors of Yass and Goulburn who want to engage about some of the pressures on their borders that are becoming more apparent to them. They are wanting to work with us. I will have a meeting, I think already planned, with Mayor Tim Overall to discuss a number of cross-border issues, one of them being transport along Canberra Avenue as a major issue that we need to resolve. Of course the recent announcement by the New South Wales government of the Tralee development certainly raises some concerns for the ACT government. (Time expired.)

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Madam Speaker presented the following paper:

Legislation Act, pursuant to subsection 228(1)—Schedule of relevant committees to be consulted in relation to appointments made by Ministers to statutory offices, dated 28 November 2012.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency—Annual report 2011/12.

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