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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4032..

Education—Gungahlin senior college

(Question No 603)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 20 September 2005:

(1) Has the Government commenced its feasibility study into a new Gungahlin senior college; if so, when did this study commence and when will it be completed; if not, why not, and when will it commence and be completed;

(2) Is it correct that the Minister's office told the Gungahlin Community Council that 300 students would be needed before the college would be built;

(3) Has the Government done any preliminary work to see how many parents would currently prefer to send their child to a Gungahlin senior school, if available, rather than have them transported to other colleges across Canberra; if so, what are the details; if not, why not, and when will such work be undertaken;

(4) How many students from Gungahlin suburbs are currently attending colleges elsewhere in Canberra and what is the breakdown per college.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The government has not commenced the feasibility study. A feasibility study will be undertaken prior to the establishment of a Gungahlin College.

(2) The Gungahlin Community Council was advised by my office that the establishment of a new ACT Government secondary college requires a minimum enrolment threshold of approximately 300 year 11 students.

(3) The government has not undertaken any surveys to see how many parents would currently prefer to send their child to a Gungahlin secondary college. The government has no plans to do so. Planning for a new college will be undertaken on the basis that the college will open with a level of year 11 enrolments to sustain a broad and vibrant range of courses.

(4) In February 2005 there were a total of 401 government secondary college students resident in Gungahlin. Six students were enrolled at Canberra College; 66 students were enrolled in Copland College; 66 students were enrolled at Dickson College; 53 students were enrolled at Hawker College; 179 students were enrolled at Lake Ginninderra College and 31 students were enrolled at Narrabundah College.

Children—additional preschool hours

(Question No 605)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, upon notice, on 20 September 2005:

(1) Since the Government increased preschool hours for four year olds from 10.5 to 12 hours a week, how many children have utilised the additional hours on offer;

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