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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 2212..

Red Hill Primary


Reid Preschool


Richardson Preschool


Richardson Primary


Scullin Preschool


Southern Cross Primary


Stromlo High


Taylor Preschool


Taylor Primary


Telopea School


Theodore Preschool


Theodore Primary


Torrens Primary


Turner School


Wanniassa Hills Primary


(2) As each school manages payments for costs up to $5 000, the Department is unable to provide the cost per school.

(3) The Department implemented a range of security programs and procedures in 2008 to minimise the risk of security incidents at school sites. Measures include installing fencing to specific areas to prevent access, additional lighting, security screens, audible alarms, strobe lights and movement sensors. Targeted guard patrols are arranged to cover high-risk sites as required.

In addition, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles are taken into account when designing new schools, including Harrison Primary School and Kingsford Smith School.

(4) Two requests were made in 2008 for CCTV equipment.

(5) The Erindale Theatre and Active Leisure Centre have CCTV systems installed. Both these facilities are also community facilities and heavily used by the public after hours and on weekends. The systems cover the community areas.

In addition, ten public schools use a video monitoring system in student sick rooms to allow school office staff to supervise students who are sick. These video monitoring systems are non-recording and can only be seen by administration staff.

(6) School sites often have multiple access points, presenting issues of practicality and cost for effective use of CCTV. While CCTV is used in many commercial and public domains, it has become evident that the unique requirements of a school environment demand special attention. The Department does not install CCTV at public schools as other security measures are more appropriate and effective for school sites.

Hospitals—mental health inpatient unit

(Question No 136)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 25 March 2009:

(1) What progress has the ACT Government made on the development of a young persons mental health inpatient unit for the ACT.

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