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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (26 October) . . Page.. 5035..


MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, in preparation for the fire season, when will the new Emergency Services headquarters at Fairbairn be officially opened and when will the communications centre be operational at Fairbairn?

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, the question and supplementaries were all about the bushfire season and bushfire preparedness. It has got nothing to do with the ESA and its headquarters.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Mr Hargreaves. The preparedness of the ESA is clearly a part of the general preparedness for the season.

MR CORBELL: In relation to the comcen, we are currently undertaking what is known as dual-site operations—that is, the comcen is operating at both Fairbairn and at Curtin on a dual-site basis so that we have redundancy as we make the transition to Curtin. That process will be ongoing until the ESA is satisfied that dual-site operations are no longer required, at which point we will switch solely to the new comcen at Curtin. In relation to an official opening, there has been some discussion about a date for an official opening, but that is yet to be finalised and will only be finalised when all elements of the ESA headquarters are operational.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—reoffenders

Canberra BusinessPoint—services

MS GALLAGHER: I have a couple of matters from question time. One is from question time last week, when I undertook to respond to Ms Bresnan around whether anyone under the age of 18 had exited an acute mental health facility to unsupported accommodation.

We have gone back over the past year and 11 consumers under the age of 18 have been admitted to an in-patient facility in the ACT. These did include the paediatric unit, the psychiatric services unit and ward 2N. Of those 11 consumers, none were homeless on admission and none were discharged into unsupported accommodation.

In relation to the Leader of the Opposition's question around BusinessPoint, I did find some information about that, which I think will help. The contract with Deloitte Growth Solutions did expire on 30 June. They have been contracted under a short-term contract to provide key aspects of the current service during the transition period.

A request for proposal was sent out for the contract. Eight proposals were received, two of which were for the delivery of module 1, which is intending early stage business support and module 2, for growth oriented business. Eight proposals were received. Two were received which were only around delivering module 1. Four short-listed tenderers have been interviewed on 22 June. Negotiations with the preferred tenderers—I do not think those have been made public—have commenced


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