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Education, Employment and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee


Motion by (Mr Wall, by leave) agreed to:

That Ms Lee be discharged from the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs and Mr Wall be appointed in her place.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Yerrabi electorate

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (4.43): I rise today to update the Assembly on some of the great developments happening across Yerrabi. As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, its rapid population growth puts challenges on our education system, healthcare facilities and our city’s infrastructure and more. However, it is thanks to this government’s commitment to ensuring a matching growth in resources that Yerrabi continues to prosper.

Most recently this government has fulfilled its commitment to providing a new nurse-led walk-in centre in the Gungahlin town centre. The nurse-led walk-in centre will provide locals with free, one-off treatment for minor injuries and illnesses. The centre will treat common illnesses such as colds and flu, cuts and bruises, minor infections and wounds, sprains and strains, and skin conditions and rashes. It will be open seven days a week, almost 14 hours a day, including public holidays, and will be staffed by highly skilled nurse practitioners.

By bringing this service into the Gungahlin town centre more locals will have access to quality healthcare closer to their own homes. As the suburbs of Gungahlin continue to grow and multiply, accessible services like the walk-in centre will help maintain the standard of quality healthcare in the ACT.

Alongside the improvement to healthcare, this government has also been working to expand education throughout the region. Franklin Early Childhood School will soon begin its expansion to include year 3 for 2019 and continue to expand to cater for students all the way through to year 6 by 2021.

Our north Gungahlin’s new school will soon open for term 1 in 2019. The government recently hosted a vote on the your say website in which the name Margaret Hendry school was chosen. Margaret Hendry was a landscape architect for the National Capital Development Commission. She was the first woman appointed and one of only five female landscape architects in Australia at the time.

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