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Monday, 21 May 2012
Page: 4736

Mr LYONS (Bass) (13:46): I rise to congratulate a local disability provider in my electorate of Bass, St Giles. I recently had the great pleasure of making the pre-budget announcement of $6.8 million for paediatric services at St Giles, which will, in effect, benefit communities state-wide. St Giles Society will use the funding to redevelop the headquarters of the service, as well as implement modern e-health infrastructure. The investment will also help to fund the recruitment and training of allied health professionals in paediatric care. This is a big win for Launceston. Not only will this mean improved paediatric and disability services for all Tasmanians, but also the facilities will mean more health professionals are attracted to our great region. The funding is part of the government's Health and Hospitals Fund. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate St Giles on the fantastic work they do for people living with a disability in Tasmania and their families. I look forward to my continued work with St Giles CEO, Ian Wright, the management and staff, and the families that so greatly benefit from the support and services that St Giles provides now and into the future. Congratulations once again, and more power to St Giles!