Page 1449 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Steel for the supplementary. The response has been extraordinary and very supportive. We were very pleased to launch this consultation last week. We are very pleased with the feedback from the community and very pleased with the very high level of engagement, not only from those people who live along the stage 2 route but also from those people who work along the stage 2 route, because we know how many people in the future will live, work and study along the stage 2 route from Civic right through to Woden.

The range of community engagement activities is extensive. It involves multiple market stalls and multiple visits to community council meetings right across the Woden, Molonglo Valley and Weston Creek communities and also a stall at the Canberra Hospital. Of course, this is about an integrated transport network for the whole city; so the Transport Canberra team will also be talking to residents and workers in Tuggeranong, in Belconnen, in Gungahlin and also in the city.

There are lots of ways that people can have their say on their views of basically two proposed alternative routes. There are lots of ways that the community can get involved. They can attend a meeting. They can attend a shopping centre and talk to Transport Canberra staff. They can post online. They can take a video. They can map online locations of interest for them along the route and give us lots of feedback in lots of different ways about their preferred model for the route.

We are really pleased to get this consultation underway. There has been considerable input already and we look forward to continuing this conversation with the community.

Canberra Hospital—electrical systems

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health. I refer to a statement by Mr Mick Koppie of the Electrical Trades Union in the Canberra Times of 25 April 2017. Mr Koppie was quoted as saying:

There’s certainly been improvements or work that could have been done over the last ten years, that if it had been completed, I believe the switchboard would not have had this problem.

Minister, why hasn’t ACT Health made improvements or carried out necessary works on the Canberra Hospital electrical system until recently when the problem has been known about for at least 10 years?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mrs Dunne for the question. I recall the article and those quotes in that Canberra Times article. I do not know what particular works were being referred to but what I can tell the Assembly, as I outlined in my statement this morning, is that there has been funding for infrastructure upgrades at Canberra Hospital and across ACT Health facilities in all budgets that I am aware of. That includes electrical work. There was some work on electrical distribution boards. As I also outlined this morning, it was funded through the 2014-15 budget.

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