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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 11 Hansard (15 November) . . Page.. 3516..


Schools—closures

(Question No 1686)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 25 September 2007 (redirected to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) Will the Minister provide the information given to Purdon Associates and other consultants about school sites and their communities;

(2) What are the details of the grounds on which the Government made the decision to retain only four sites;

(3) What are the specific criteria upon which the Department of Territory and Municipal Services will base the final decision for each site once consultation is complete;

(4) What appeals processes/policies are in place for those communities who are not happy with the final decision made by Government for closed school sites in their area;

(5) In relation to the original, more complex, brief given to consultancy firms, what specific items were removed from the brief in order to simplify and reduce costs;

(6) On what basis did the Government decide not to implement a cost-benefit analysis regarding the future use of closed school sites.

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

(1) A copy of the document (which is publicly available) has been provided.

(2) The Government did not decide 'to retain only four sites'. As I announced on 18 May this year, the Government plans to meet the needs of the community by retaining at least the equivalent of four school buildings across Tuggeranong, Woden/Weston and Belconnen. No other decision will be made by the Government until it considers the report of Purdon Associates on its extensive community consultation program.

(3) The final decision will not rest with the Department of Territory and Municipal Services. The Government will make the final decision.

(4) There is no formal appeal process.

(5) The changes were specified in the Addendum to the Request For Tender and the Addendum has also been provided (and is also publicly available).

(6) A cost-benefit analysis was done.

Schools—closures

(Question No 1687)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 25 September 2007 (redirected to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):


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