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2. The $81,523 figure is the actual expenditure (not budget) in the 2015-2016 financial year for construction works for the Enhanced Community Health Centre Belconnen.
3. Yes, the $6,342,595 figure is the actual expenditure (not budget) in the 2015-2016 financial year for capital cost of construction work for Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm (NBHF).
4. As a new type of service to the ACT, ACT Health is taking a staged approach to the opening and operation of the NBHF, however it remains the intention to operate a residential program at the NBHF.
Depending on the successful evaluation of the day programs and the identification of a suitable providers, ACT Health hopes to have a residential program operating in 2019.
5. Yes, the $26,641,898 figure is the actual expenditure (not budget) in the 2015-2016 financial year for capital cost of construction works for the Secure Mental Health Unit – DHULWA.
Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre—closure
(Question No 882)
Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 16 February 2018:
(1) In relation to the answer to part (4) of question on notice No 619, dated 27 October 2017, about the future of Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre (BHRC), why did the Minister state that the Government had made “no decision” regarding future use of BHRC and that “[a] decision on future use is anticipated for 2018” when, on 18 November 2017, he made a media announcement that the BHRC would remain open until at least 2021.
(2) What was the status of the Government’s decision-making in relation to the BHRC when the Minister gave his ministerial statement on 31 October 2017.
(3) In the ministerial statement of 31 October 2017, why did the Minister make no mention of the status of the Government’s decision-making in relation to the BHRC.
Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) On 31 October 2017, the Minister indicated no decision had been made by the Government regarding the future use of BHRC, because the government was undertaking careful consideration of the issues and community needs going forward. This included consideration of the Supported Accommodation - Market Testing and Options Analysis Study that had been completed in 2017, by external consultants. This study is also being used to inform 2018-19 Budget considerations.
While the Minister has since announced BHRC will not close until appropriate accommodation is found for all residents, a final decision regarding the future use of the BHRC site is still under consideration.
(2) The Government was still considering the analysis of the Supported Accommodation - Market Testing and Options Analysis Study at the time of the Ministerial statement on 31 October 2017.