Questions Day 5 - Wednesday 24 February 2010
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QUESTIONS - Wednesday 24 February 2010 644 Madam SPEAKER: Order, order! Honourable members! Minister, you have the call. Ms McCARTHY: It is this government which is working hard for the people of the Northern Territory in our remote regions, as well as our towns and cities. It is this government which dares to break through into an area unknown, and nowhere near followed by the opposition in their time in government, to ensure the bureaucracy could deliver for the remote regions and all people in the Northern Territory. It is this government, through our A Working Future policy, our vision for the growth towns, our vision for 2030, that says we are a government which is there for every single Territorian - not just the ones in the cities, not just the ones in the towns; we are a government which cares for every single Territorian across the Northern Territory. Frances Bay Drive Bicycle Path Mr WOOD to MINISTER for TRANSPORT The nearby Frances Bay Drive bicycle path was completed before Christmas and, since then, sections of it have been dug up again. Who designed the bicycle path? What were the reasons for the bicycle path being constructed? Who will pay for the cost of new works? Who approved the design in the first place? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Nelson for the question and his interest in cycle paths, which the Henderson government is delivering across the Territory. As a matter of fact, $1.5m this year has been committed, and $200 000 in minor new works each year. The member for Nelson is right - as usual. Unfortunately, sections of the new Frances Bay cycle path had to be reconstructed. I was walking there recently and had a look at that work. Repair works were required because of the damage caused by trucks which had driven over the path and cracked it. To prevent future vehicle access, steel hoop bollards have been put in place adjacent to the Fishermans Wharf access road. Some issues have also arisen with cyclists related to culverts opposite the Duck Pond where the path took a chicane, or an S-bend. Additional work has been carried out to replace these areas of the path with smoother lines. The contract to construct the Frances Bay bike path included a simple design, but we were not happy with the finished product. The reconstruction costs have been shared between the Northern Territory government and the contractor, and the works are expected to be finished this month. Renal Health Care - Expansion of Services Ms SCRYMGOUR to MINISTER for HEALTH Since 2001, this Labor government has invested significant additional money into expanding services available for those suffering kidney disease and renal failure in the Territory. Can you provide information to the House on the outcomes of this investment? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for her question. It is very important, especially since the majority of the people who suffer from renal disease are Indigenous Territorians. In 2009-10, we will invest over $25m for renal dialysis services. In 2004, we invested $12.2m and, in 2007, we put in an extra $24m. As a result of this investment, we have eight-station dialysis units in Tennant Creek, eight stations in Palmerston, an increase from two stations to six in Katherine, and eight stations of established acute dialysis facilities in Alice Springs Hospital plus a 15 bed renal ward. We established a home and community-based haemodialysis unit, something the CLP said they would never do; it would never happen. Member for Macdonnell, you will be very interested to know much of this health care of haemodialysis has been established in Indigenous communities, such as Umbakumba and Angurugu at Groote Eylandt, in Elcho Island, Gove District Hospital, Yirrkala, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Ramingining, Kalkarindji, Borroloola, Ngukurr, Santa Teresa, Ali Curung, Ti Tree, Mt Liebig and Amoonguna and we are actually going to put some in Lake Nash, Oenpelli and Barunga. There is recurrent funding for seven Public Health Nurses to support community management of people with chronic kidney disease. We are funding a 12-station facility in Gap Road in Alice Springs to open in May 2010. We will increase the Tennant Creek renal dialysis service from eight stations to 16 stations; and increase the service for renal dialysis in Alice Springs to seven days a week. As I said before, I do not want people to come from the communities and sleep rough, on the roads or in the river bed in Alice Springs and, as a result, we are now leasing the Anglicare lodge for up to 35 renal patients. These are real outcomes, but cannot be achieved unless we put in the investment. The life expectancy of people with renal problems in the Territory now is the same as anywhere in Australia. Before, the mortality rate was 66% above the Australian average for people with renal problems. We have done well, and I am very proud, because the people who benefit
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