Page 4284 - Week 11 - Thursday, 25 October 2018

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swing, slides, a climbing frame and a trampoline. Other upgrades include a new shade sail, a new irrigated grass area with a barbecue, new seating areas and a new waste enclosure. The improvements also extend the upgrades to pedestrian lighting and pavements as well as the addition of nine new car parks.

Whilst the government’s upgrades focused on the south-east section of Kambah Village, the proposed private redevelopment focuses on upgrades to the northern entrance to the shops to provide a more accessible covered walkway to the centre. It also includes an extension to the Woolworths supermarket of 1,754 square metres.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, what was the role of community consultation in this process?

MR STEEL: I thank Mr Pettersson for his supplementary. Stage 2 of the government’s upgrades to Kambah Village follow significant community consultation. I have personally spoken to many people in my electorate who wanted to see the upgrades to Kambah Village shops with over 2,000 people in Kambah signing my petition calling for the shops to be upgraded. Plans for stage 2 were also open for community consultation on the your say website, and key aspects of the feedback have been included in the final concept designs.

The announcement of the plans has certainly been welcomed by the community. Of course, the development application for the extension of the supermarket and other works is currently open for comment through the ACTPLA website as well. I look forward to keeping the community updated as the project commences at Kambah Village.

Mental health—occupational violence

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Mental Health. I refer to a quote from a nurse at Dhulwa in the media on 21 October 2018:

You keep hearing “we’re doing this, you’re very important to us, your safety is paramount to us”, yet I see nothing being done.

Minister, why are you doing nothing to protect the safety of nurses and patients in our mental health system?

MR RATTENBURY: It is disappointing to hear that a staff member feels that that is the case. Certainly from my own efforts, I have been actively discussing this matter with the senior management. I think I have mentioned in this place before the development of a nurse safety strategy. In my discussions with the Chief Nurse, I have been particularly highlighting the importance of mental health nurses and the particular needs they have as part of that nursing strategy.

We do of course need an overall nursing strategy but we need to recognise the diversity of roles, and I believe that our mental health nurses are particularly vulnerable to issues of occupational violence, which is what we have seen some examples of at Dhulwa.

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