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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 4 Hansard (18 April) . . Page.. 1093..


MS TUCKER: I have a supplementary question. That is not the view of some people. There is quite a range of socioeconomic areas within schools. Can the Minister assure the Assembly that guidelines for corporate sponsorship are being followed? How does your department ensure that this is occurring?

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, currently, certainly in the colleges, there are some attempts for local business sponsorship. The issue of sponsorship, corporate sponsorship, is being looked at in the context of school-based management. Accordingly, we have recently had a consultation period. I think some 38 schools have responded to that. No doubt all those issues will be taken further into account as we progress towards enhanced school-based management.

Mrs Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, may I make a short statement. Mr Osborne has not had a question. We have provided the Government with a pair, and we would like to have got six questions in.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Standing order 113A reads:

Questions without notice shall not be concluded until all non-Executive Members rising have asked at least one question.

All non-Executive members rising have asked one question.

O'Connor Ridge

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, during question time Ms Horodny asked me about the walking trail on O'Connor Ridge that had been damaged, or traversed, by a bulldozer. My advice is that the walking trail she refers to is actually a fire trail which has become heavily overgrown. It is necessary, because it is a fire trail, to keep it clear. Therefore, a bulldozer has moved down it to keep it in its original appropriate width as a fire trail. I am sure that Ms Horodny would be most upset if the Government neglected its duty to keep those fire trails open and clear. In fact, I remind her that a fire swept through that part of O'Connor Ridge about 10 years ago and reached the boundaries of a number of houses in O'Connor. I think Mr Wood's house was one of those houses.

Mr Moore: Are you sure that it is not a number of new fire trails too?

MR HUMPHRIES: I believe that this is an existing fire trail which is being re-established, and it is most important that we make sure that those fire trails remain open. That is my advice. If there is a new fire trail being blazed, I will certainly follow that through. But my advice, at this stage, is that it is not; it is an existing fire trail which is simply being reopened.


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