Page 613 - Week 02 - Thursday, 20 February 2020

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MR HANSON: Minister, has the government discussed the new options under consideration for SPIRE with clinicians or are they being left out of the loop?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: While thanking Mr Hanson for his question, I have to assume that he is referring to the discussion that took place in this place last week in relation to the footprint for the building. My understanding is that there has been some discussion with clinicians about that but, actually, that is not where their particular input would be most useful.

There has certainly been discussion with clinicians about the built form of the SPIRE project and that has taken place consistently. That may be what was being referred to in the email that Mr Hanson referred to in his first question. Certainly, I can assure the Assembly that, in relation to the footprint issues that we were talking about last week, the senior executive of Canberra Health Services has been very closely involved in those conversations and consultations and has shaped the potential outcomes in that regard.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, when will the consultation process with clinicians be completed and how much will this delay the completion of SPIRE?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Again, while thanking Mrs Dunne for her question, it portrays a complete lack of understanding of how these projects would progress. Consultation with clinicians will be an ongoing part of the detailed design process which is at least another 12 months, and that consultation with clinicians will continue throughout the project build. My answer to Mrs Dunne is: consultation with clinicians will be completed when the project is completed in 2024.

Municipal services—public toilets

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for City Services. Minister, when will you install public toilets at the Hackett shops as promised?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. By the middle of this year.

MS LEE: Minister, have you any further plans to actually upgrade the shops since your government last upgraded the Hackett shops by painting a wall?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question, and I want to come back to her on her first question. I mistook the content of the question by thinking the member was talking about the crossing at Goyder Street in Narrabundah, which will be upgraded later this year. I will come back to the member with answers to her first and second questions on notice.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, why don’t all local shops in Canberra have public toilet facilities, given the ridiculously high rates that residents are paying?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. Not all shops have public toilet facilities. Of course, a number do, and we go through a process of making sure that

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