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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 8 Hansard (28 June) . . Page.. 2360..


Sustainable schools initiative

MS GALLAGHER: Last week, I think on 23 June, Dr Foskey asked me a question in relation to the starting date for the national sustainable schools initiative. The ACT proposal was submitted in mid-2004. However, due to delays caused by the federal election and the appointment of a new federal minister, the department only received notification in mid-March 2005.

Dr Foskey also asked about the date by which funding needed to be expended and the plans to advertise for the project officer. The department will soon receive the first funding instalment under the agreement to cover the salary of a project officer and administration of the pilot to operate in up to 20 government and non-government schools. Appointment of the project officer is expected to be early in term 3 and the officer will be appointed until 30 June 2006.

Dr Foskey also asked how the project will continue if the pilot proves successful. The pilot will also involve consideration of strategies for schools to ensure ongoing viability of the project. The Department of Education and Training will also explore options for funding sustainable schools beyond June 2006, including seeking sponsorship or funding from other government sources.

Executive contracts

Papers and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs): For the information of members, I present pursuant to sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act copies of executive contracts or instruments in accordance with the list circulated.

Long-term contract:

Irene McKinnon, dated 4 May 2005.

Short-term contracts:

Jenelle Reading, dated 13 May 2005.

Sue Marriage, dated 23 May 2005-

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I present another set of executive contracts. These documents are tabled in accordance with section 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, which requires the tabling of all executive contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 21 June 2005. Today I present one long-term contract and two short-term contracts. The details of the contracts will be circulated to members.


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