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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3203..


Schools—closures

(Question No 1688)

Dr Foskey asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 25 September 2007 (redirected to the Treasurer):

What are the whole of government costs and savings related to school closures by agency/department.

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

The costs and savings of school closures have been reflected in the Department of Education and Training's 2006-07 and 2007-08 Budget chapters. The estimated net savings are $2.216 million in 2006-07, $4.699 million in 2007-08, $7.041 million in 2008-09 and $7.365 million in 2009-10. In addition, the Government provided $3.5 million for transitional assistance over three years to support students and families affected by school closures.

Since 22 December 2006, the Department of Territory and Municipal Services has incurred an average of $32,000 per month for expenses related to management of the closed school sites. This has included expenditure on the maintenance of buildings and grounds, fire protection, security measures and vandalism.

Schools—closures

(Question No 1689)

Dr Foskey asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 25 September 2007 (redirected to the Treasurer):

What is the average (a) land rate increase and (b) land value increase or decrease in areas which have lost their schools.

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

(a)The average residential land rate increases for the suburbs affected by the school closures thus far are as follows:

SCHOOL

SUBURB

2006-07 AVERAGE RATES CHARGES

2007-08 AVERAGE RATES CHARGES

MONEY DIFFERENCE

PERCENTAGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 2006-07 AND 2007-08

Flynn Primary School

Flynn

$1,047.77

$1,109.02

$61.25

5.85%

Hall Primary School

Hall

$1,948.68

$1,999.80

$51.12

2.62%

McKellar Preschool

McKellar

$1,106.77

$1,162.89

$56.12

5.07%

Melrose Primary School

Chifley

$1,375.56

$1,407.04

$31.48

2.29%


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