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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1237..


The ACT Government does not provide funding to the Aboriginal Students Parents Association (ASPA) and is unaware of its roles, functions and outcomes.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders-businesses

(Question No 91)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

(1) How much of the $80,000 grant awarded to the Capital Region Enterprise and Employment Development Association was used to assist indigenous businesses and how has the money been expended;

(2) Who were the individual recipients of the funding and what outcomes did the funding achieve.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) CREEDA was paid $75,000 (funding that had previously been allocated to the defunct Indigenous Business Chamber) in 2003 to provide broad strategic support to establish economic pathways and partnership arrangements that would foster economic development of the local Indigenous community. CREEDA spent $12,607 in activities related to the project, leaving $62,393.

At the time CREEDA went into provisional liquidation, BusinessACT was in the process of redefining the outcomes of the program to better reflect the needs of the local Indigenous business community as identified by the Indigenous Business Support Officer. The planned changes include piloting the following forms of assistance:

the development of e-commerce enabled websites for local Indigenous businesses; and

the provision of onsite administration and support and training as well as follow-up mentoring for Indigenous business owners.

The ACT Government has been advised that the unspent funds for the CREEDA Indigenous project are still available. Accordingly, as a part of the discussions between the provisional liquidator and the ACT Government, the options to continue the delivery of this program are being investigated.

(2) The funding identified a number of Indigenous businesses who are now being assisted by BusinessACT's Indigenous Business Support Officer to access business support funding.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders-programs

(Question No 92)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

What involvement did Aboriginal elders and parents have in the delivering of the special program conducted by Gugan Gulwan and Birrigai Outdoor Centre for young indigenous students at risk of excluding themselves from schooling.


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