Investment for more health and community services in Gungahlin

The ACT Government is investing in more health and community services in Gungahlin, delivering a new health centre for the growing region and taking the next steps on delivering a new ACTAS Ambulance and Fire station and indoor sports facility.

The 2024-25 ACT Budget will fund the design and construction of the new health centre in North Gungahlin – delivering more free health services closer to where people need them.

The North Gungahlin Health Centre will be built on Kingsland Parade in Casey, providing convenient connection to the shopping centre and public transport. It will provide the community with easier access to preventative health services and treatment for chronic disease.

The Centre will be staffed by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, including nurses and allied health workers, continuing the expansion of health services across Canberra through recruitment of more frontline health workers.

The ACT Government is currently working through additional community uses for the remaining blocks on the 2.4-hectare site. This includes an indoor sports facility and a new ACTAS Ambulance and Fire Station. This will be captured as part of the Estate Development Plan and the Subdivision Design Application to be completed in 2024-25.

The ACT Government has already committed to a study on traffic and transport improvements surrounding the Casey Group Centre. This work will also be considered in development processes as the ACT Government works with the community to design a precinct that meets local needs.

Community consultation will begin today on the services and design of the new North Gungahlin Health Centre. This is an opportunity for Canberrans to have their say on the services to be provided through the YourSay website, information sessions and a series of pop up stalls across Gungahlin.

Quotes attributable to ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr:

“We have seen rapid growth over the last decade in the Gungahlin district, and this investment will help connect Canberrans in northern Gungahlin with more local health services and community facilities.

“A lot of planning work has gone into this Subdivision Design Application, including through the Gungahlin District Strategy, a Community and Recreational Facility Needs Assessment and a Commercial Needs Assessment of the Gungahlin area.

“This is a direct result of the ACT’s new planning system working in a way that better connects people to the services they need.

“This investment also progresses a commitment for more health centres across Canberra in the Parliamentary Agreement of the 10th Legislative Assembly by the ACT Labor-Greens Government.”

Quotes attributable to Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry:

“Gungahlin is a growing region with a thriving sports community. A new indoor sports facility will provide local residents, sporting groups and organisations with access to better amenities and state-of-the-art facilities.

“The Gungahlin Community has been calling for more sports facilities and I am committed to working with the local Community sports groups and others in the design of a facility that will meet the needs of our sports into the future.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith:

“The North Gungahlin Health Centre is another example of the ACT Government’s commitment to delivering more public health services, closer to where people live.

“Investing more in preventative health care and support for chronic conditions will keep Canberrans healthier in the community, taking the pressure off our acute hospitals.

“The new Health Centres will complement our existing network of nurse-led Walk-in Centres, community health centres and the Territory’s hospital system.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman:

“The government is committed to having well prepared emergency services for the Gungahlin region, to service this growing community. Planning and design works are already underway for a new Emergency Services station (in West Gungahlin) for ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Ambulance services, which will enhance response times to emergency incidents as the community grows.

This modern facility will also support our highly valued first responders in their service to the ACT community.”

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