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It is not possible to calculate the proportion of time Calvary’s Palliative Care Nurse Practitioners and the Clare Holland House Nurse Educator devote to consultative palliative care training, education and skills based training to RACFs. This aspect of palliative care training is funded by the ACT Government.

Municipal services—fitness circuits
(Question No 1874)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for City Services, upon notice, on 21 September 2018:

(1) What was the cost of installing the most recent two fitness circuits of the three fitness circuits located in the area between the Rainbow Serpent Playground and the University of Canberra Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra (along Aikman Drive).

(2) Who made the decision to install each piece of equipment and what considerations were taken into account as part of the decision-making process.

(3) Why were the two new fitness circuits installed in this area, rather than in other parks with a demand for fitness equipment, such as Birrell Street playground in Page.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Of the three fitness areas two were constructed in 2009 at a cost $34,500 and the more recent fitness area was constructed in 2015 at a cost of $40,000.

(2) The selection of types of equipment for the 2009 installation was made by the design consultants engaged for delivery of the project and based on a range of requirements, including allowance for a variety of tasks and skill levels.

The selection of the types of equipment for the 2015 installation was based on consultations with key stakeholder groups, including the ACT chapter of the Heart Foundation, the Council of the Aging (COTA) and with the YMCA as well as feedback from the community gathered during public consultation from 20 October to 1 December 2014.

The consultation called for preferences from a selection of various types of equipment that provide exercise in the key fitness areas of cardio, flexibility and strength. Other considerations were that fitness equipment would accommodate the broadest set of users with regards to age, ability and interest; as well as exercises involving bar work and body resistance, which was one of the most frequent requests made during the community consultation.

(3) The rationale for fitness circuits to be installed in John Knight District Park rather than a local playground, such as Birrell Street in Page, was to achieve best usage levels in order to realise the greatest health benefits for as many people as possible. The district park location was selected for Belconnen as an area near a well-used shared path and highly visited recreational park.

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