Page 1539 - Week 05 - Thursday, 15 May 2014

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Terry wrote:

The post box adds to the traffic load where it is now. People have to park in the car park, rather than park in Damala St and walk like they used to.

While we are on the upgrade, one other concern that has been raised during the process of the collation of this petition was described by Anne, who said:

During the recent renovation the pillars for the roof of the walkway were not touched. They are all in desperate need of painting, being very scruffy. But of more concern is the pillars in front of the Spar Supermarket. During heavy rain, water runs down them, both inside and outside the pillars. This causes bad rust staining in the newly laid paving. Presumably it also means that the guttering and downpipes are damaged or inadequate. One of those pillars has a hole made in its bottom leaving a jagged flap of metal.

I would also like to note for the minister that some of the pavers that were laid as part of the upgrades are now uneven and present a trip hazard at the front of the newsagency.

Local residents are glad that the shops were finally upgraded and have many good things to say. However, the location of the postbox remains a key issue that many locals would like to see resolved. I will leave it to the minister to come back to this place with a response as to what can be done to complete the improvements to this amenity that the recent upgrade was intended to achieve.

Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Amendment Bill 2014

Ms Gallagher, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (10.07): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce the amendment bill for the ACT Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994. The bill is the latest step in the ACT government’s ongoing commitment to better mental health services for the people of the ACT. The history of reform in mental health legislation has been to a significant extent a history of growing recognition of the human rights of people with mental illness, and this bill is no exception.

Internationally, reviews of mental health legislation have been needed to keep pace with changes in the context of mental health service delivery, including the advent of a recovery approach in service delivery, which supports mental health consumers to identify and pursue their own goals in regaining and maintaining mental health, as well as changes in the human rights context.

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