Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016
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Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020
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DEBATES Wednesday 19 October 2016 86 RESPONSES TO PETITIONS Petitions No 60 and 64 The CLERK: I advise honourable members that responses to Petitions Nos 60 and 64, presented on 24 May 2016 and 23 June 2016 respectively, have been received and circulated to honourable members. A copy of the responses has been provided to the members who tabled the petition, for distribution to the petitioners. Petition No 60 Hospice for People of Central Australia Date presented: 24 May 2016 Presented by: Ms Walker Referred to: Minister for Health Date response due: 20 October 2016 Date response received: 12 August 2016 As required by Standing Order 123, I am responding to Petition No 60 regarding a call for a purposebuilt hospice to be built in Alice Springs. I note the petitions was signed by 17 Alice Springs residents and was presented to the Legislative Assembly by the Member for Nhulunbuy, Ms Lynne Walker, on 24 May 2016. I wish to advise that there is currently a project under way for the building of a multipurpose facility on the Alice Springs Hospital campus. Whilst this is not exclusively for the use of palliative care patients, they will certainly be prioritised and the facility will provide a much-improved and more homely environment for both the patient and their loved ones. The design of the facility has been undertaken in consultation with the community and has resulted in a building which provides 24-hour access for family and loved ones, as well as access to outdoor space and kitchen and living facilities. The design provides for 10 bedrooms, commununal day/living spaces and associated support spaces, and also offers families the option of rooming in with the patient on foldout sofas. Because it is anticipated the number of bedrooms will provide more accommodation than is currently required by palliative care patients in Alice Springs, it has been determined that patients needing maintenance care in a subacute setting will also be accommodated according to available capacity. The building work is expected to be completed in April 2017. The location and access to the facility on the Alice Springs Hospital campus will optimise the potential to utilise existing clinical expertise, clinical support and non-clinical support services that are already established with the Alice Springs Hospital. The location will also enable efficient transition of care away from the acute environment in a less clinical setting when appropriate. Currently in Alice Springs the Central Australia Health Service palliative care team operates out of Eurilpa House and provides specialist care and support to both inpatients and outpatients. There is also a palliative care respite house in Spicer Street which provides respite for palliative care patients and their families. I am confident this new facility will more than adequately provide the centre of excellence in palliative care called for in the petition. Petition No 64 Reticulated Water Required for Darwin River, Southport and Berry Springs Date presented: 23 June 2016 Presented by: Mr Higgins Referred to: Minister for Land Resource Management Date response due: 16 November 2016 Date response received: 11 August 2016 I write in response to Petition No 64 read in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday 23 June 2016. The petition requests that the Northern Territory Government provides a reticulated water supply to Darwin River, Southport and Berry Springs. On 1 June 2016 I introduced Interim Development Control Order (IDCO) No 22 to restrict new development that would use ground water from the Berry Springs Dolostone Aquifer. This IDCO allows government two years to establish a framework for the sustainable use of ground water from the aquifer that will also protect viable flows to the environment.
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