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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1816..


a) ACT Corrective Services is currently in the draft stage of developing an ACT specific Caregiver Policy. This Caregiver Policy is aimed at addressing the possibility of primary caregivers being allowed to maintain their child/children with them at the Alexander Maconochie Centre, where determined by appropriate agencies to be in the best interests of the child. The draft policy allows for children up to preschool age but not older than kindergarten age.

b) Following the child/children reaching preschool age, visits will be arranged in accordance with the AMC visits policy. Visits will be conducted six days per week at the AMC. The visits area has been designed to be family friendly and there is the option for prisoners to apply to have visits within the family visits rooms.

Planning and development—Kerrigan Street, Dunlop

(Question No 2001)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 1 April 2008:

(1) Was any community consultation undertaken regarding the new development on Section 193, Kerrigan Street, Dunlop; if so, was the community consulted about the impact that this development would have on traffic and safety in Kerrigan Street.

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

(1) No Consultation was undertaken as part of the Concept Plan in 2003/04. The Estate Development Plan Development Application was not publicly notified as it is specifically exempt under the Land Act regulations.

The allowance of direct vehicular access off Kerrigan Street was implemented to provide an improved urban design outcome by reducing the amount of rear and side fencing along the Kerrigan Street frontage. There was also a desire to improve passive surveillance and therefore public safety in the area. These outcomes were considered in conjunction with the suggested traffic calming measures to further improve public safety.

Arts and letters—grants

(Question No 2002)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Arts, upon notice, on 2 April 2008 (redirected to the Minister for Education and Training):

(1) In regard to the additional funding for arts in education provided through the 2007-2008 supplementary appropriation, was the contract with Kulture Break of $25 000 per annum for four years to teach contemporary dance in schools (a) awarded through open tender, (b) awarded by the ACT Department of Education and Training or by artsACT, (c) an arms length decision made by an independent arts or education panel, (d) made by the Minister personally, or by ministerial staff or (e) informed by a professional appraisal of the company's dance education expertise;

(2) Was the contract with The Bell Shakespeare Company of $20 000 per annum for three years (a) awarded through open tender, (b) awarded by the ACT Department of


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