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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3697..


a. work based child care centres for ACT public service employees; and

b. shared work based child care centres with ACT private sector employers.

(2) The year to date expenditure on the project, as at the end of the March quarter, was $54,000. The capital works progress report shows that $14,000 had been expended in the December quarter.

(3) Please refer to the response to question 2.

(4) (a) The feasibility study was completed on 30 June 2005.

(b) The total expenditure for the project was $97,000.

Aboriginal cultural centre

(Question No 556)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 25 August 2005:

(1) Does the Lonely Planet Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands Guide to Indigenous Australia state that the Ngunnawal Aboriginal land council plans to set up an Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Yarramundi Reach, on the western shore of Lake Burley Griffin in 2001 and that it will focus on the culture and history of Indigenous peoples of the Canberra region; if so, why is the Minister allowing the ATSI Centre to be promoted as such to tourists when it is currently far from being a tourist destination;

(2) Given that the ATSI Cultural Centre at Yarramundi Reach is currently being used for little more than circle sentencing and storage, when will the Government spend the capital funds available to make the Centre a 'Keeping Place' that will showcase Indigenous heritage and culture from the ACT and region;

(3) When will the Minister spend the funds allocated to this Centre to make it the tourist destination that it should be and was intended to be.

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

(1) The 2001 edition of the Lonely Planet Aboriginal Australia and Torres Strait Islands Guide to Indigenous Australia does state that the Ngunnawal Aboriginal land council plans to set up an Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Yarramundi Reach, on the western shore of Lake Burley Griffin in 2001 and that it will focus on the culture and history of Indigenous peoples of the Canberra region. The Ngunnawal Aboriginal Land Council is a Queanbeyan-based entity, incorporated in NSW, and independent from the ACT Government.

(2) The Chief Minister's Department and Department of Urban Services have been in consultation with Burringiri Aboriginal Corporation on the development of a 5-year capital refurbishment program. The work plan is being developed in line with directions set by Burringiri to support its management of the Cultural Centre and its programs.

(3) Funds are being spent in accordance with the work plan developed as described above.


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