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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 2961..


(8) If no penalties were issued, why not;

(9) Are regular inspections conducted at building sites across the ACT; if so, when and under what conditions; if not, why not.

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

(1) Yes, inspections took place on 5 May 2005.

(2) None.

(3) Fines were not issued as the builders complied with instructions to provide sufficient containers to store building waste.

(4) Yes.

(5) Yes.

(6)

2002 - 2003

71 Residential

8 Commercial

2003 - 2004

35 Residential

5 Commercial

2004 - 2005

9 Residential

1 Commercial

(7) In relation to part (6), the Authority issued no penalties.

(8) Fines have not been issued because containers were provided with 24 hours of the initial contact with the developers.

(9) Yes there are a range of areas throughout the ACT Government that have compliance activities and a capacity to inspect building sites such as the Urban Services City Rangers, various areas of Environment ACT including Heritage, and Canberra Urban Parks and Places, ACT WorkCover and the ACT Planning and Land Authority. Proactive audits, complaints, and queries are some of the ways sites are regulated.

Sign language lessons

(Question No 417)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 June 2005:

(1) What programs are available to parents to learn sign language, where a child is born with a hearing impairment or is deaf and/or mute, so that the parent has the ability to teach signing to their child and therefore have more effective communication with the child;

(2) If there are such programs available, who conducts the course and is it promoted to parents of a child who is deaf or has a hearing impairment.

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

(1) Courses in Auslan

Auslan is the sign language used by the Australian Deaf and non-vocal communities. Courses in Auslan in the ACT are available in four levels. Levels one and two focus on language development. Levels three and four focus on cultural awareness and interpreting. Accredited courses in Auslan are run by:


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