Page 2594 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Payroll Tax Amendment Bill 2013
Debate resumed from 5 June 2013, on motion by Mr Smyth:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
Debate (on motion by Mr Rattenbury) adjourned.
Health—mental health facilities
MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (11.16): I move:
(1) notes that:
(a) the Government is committed to continuing to develop specialist mental health facilities and services, including a secure mental health facility in the ACT;
(b) a number of reviews have been undertaken in relation to the proposed secure mental health facility, and these studies have confirmed the need for a medium/low security facility of 25 beds to meet current and future demand;
(c) extensive site selection investigations have determined the former Quamby Youth Detention Centre site at Symonston as the most appropriate location for the secure mental health facility; and
(d) design for the secure mental health facility has begun, and that the current timetable for commissioning of the facility is early 2017; and
(2) calls on the Assembly to:
(a) confirm its support for a 25 bed medium/low security secure mental health facility to be constructed on the former Quamby site at Symonston;
(b) agree that the secure mental health facility project should be fast-tracked to allow for delivery ahead of the early 2017 timetable currently planned;
(c) agree to consider project specific legislation which would expedite the planning process and allow construction of the secure mental health facility to commence as soon as possible; and
(d) agree that appropriate comprehensive community consultation continue throughout the project’s design, implementation and delivery phases.
I think it is fair to say that everybody in the Assembly understands the gravity of this issue. Mental illness, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, touches many people in our city, not just those who suffer directly but also their families, friends, loved ones and