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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 757..


MR WOOD (continuing):

for a department strategic approach to ownership and management; and establish a common framework for the acquisition, refurbishment and disposal of assets.

My department has undertaken extensive consultation with providers to ensure the strategy aligns with their needs and aspirations. I commend the commitment of the providers to the strategy and to demonstrating their shared responsibility in ensuring the best possible use of assets. The strategy will provide a framework within which the department will be able to more effectively review the operation of community facilities and better manage our assets.

The strategy will be implemented through a three-year action plan and identifies the challenges ahead. It identifies seven key strategies: effective consultation with stakeholders; an annual reporting format; a review of lease arrangements; improved property management practices; acquisition redevelopment and disposal strategies; ensuring all facilities have adequate public liability insurance; and resolving interagency issues relating to co-location of child care and youth facilities.

I stress again that the not-for-profit organisations that manage the 37 community facilities are partners of the strategy, working with the department to provide for the future needs of the Canberra community. The contribution of these organisations is critical to the effective operation of the centres and the delivery of community services. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Burke) adjourned to the next sitting.

Papers

Mr Wood presented the following paper:

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders-Inquiry into the death of Thomas Hickey-Ms Gallagher (48 citizens).

Mr Corbell presented the following papers, which were circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting:

Calvary Public Hospital-Information Bulletin-Patient Activity Data-External Distribution-January 2004.

The Canberra Hospital-Information Bulletin-Patient Activity Data-January 2004.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, during the course of the Chief Minister's presentation of a paper I think I invited you to make a personal statement. I add that it has to be personal, rather than you saying that you have been misled.


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