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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4008..


Recurrent funding of $380,758 (GST exc) was provided to the Lifeline and Anglicare partnership, Canberra Emergency Accommodations Service (CEAS) in 2004-05 for brokerage of overnight accommodation from hotels, motels, hostels, caravan parks and privately leased properties and a telephone crisis accommodation information service.

Additional non recurrent allocations have been provided to CEAS ($90,000 GST exc) and Canberra Mens Centre ($5000 GST exc) in 2005-06 to increase the supply of overnight and crisis accommodation options.

Children—playground safety

(Question No 519)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

(1) What funding, if any, was allocated in the past, through the Playground Safety Improvement Program, to the four Canberra playgrounds that will be closed after examinations by Urban Services found them to be dangerous;

(2) If no money had been allocated to any of the four playgrounds being taken offline, why did the Government fail to allocate money from the Playground Safety Improvement Program for these four playgrounds;

(3) What are the specific reasons for closing each of the four playgrounds;

(4) Will the four playgrounds be closed "permanently"; if not, which playgrounds will be repaired and re-opened to the public;

(5) If any of the four are to be fixed, where will the funding be sourced from to fix them so that they meet safety standards;

(6) What work would be required to fix the four playgrounds in order to comply with safety standards;

(7) If the playgrounds are to be closed permanently, what will happen to the land that they are located on.

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

(1) No funding was allocated in the past through the Playground Safety Improvement Program for these four playgrounds.

(2) Careful examination and individual assessment identified that these playgrounds had elements with unacceptable risks. This examination occurred after the 2005/06 Playground Safety Program funding had been allocated.


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