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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 1 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 436..


Questions without notice taken on notice

Planning—master plans

Mr STANHOPE (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Bresnan on Wednesday, 8 December 2010): I advise that as Minister for Land and Property Services, land release is a responsibility of this portfolio. Timely land release is a priority of this Government. I did not consult with ACTPLA, however the Department maintains close contact with ACTPLA to coordinate land release priorities with planning functions to enable land release.

The costs for the Kambah Village and Hawker planning processes are yet to be determined and while the amount allocated for other similar studies can be used as an indicative figure the scope and cost of each planning study is determined by the information needed to be gathered and extent and complexity of the possible outcomes.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—assaults

Ms BURCH (in reply to questions by Mr Hanson, Mrs Dunne and Ms Hunter on Thursday, 18 November 2010): I would like to inform the Assembly the management at Bimberi continues to work with staff to develop their awareness of safety and security risks and the identification of strategies and practices to manage the risks associated with the nature of the work.

Incidents are reviewed on an individual basis at the time they occur. This involves a review by the Unit Manager, the Operations Manager and the Senior Manager and a report is provided to the Director. Any recommendations relating to individuals or systems arising from these individual reviews are implemented by Bimberi management. The Australian Federal Police are also contacted about incidents as appropriate and there are a range of behavioural consequences for young people in the centre if they are found to be responsible for an incident occurring. As a matter of course, the management of Bimberi routinely make video recordings available to the investigating officers from the AFP, if requested.

There is an ongoing review of incidents at an individual level and they are also considered in the systemic context.

The number of assaults on staff from January 2010 until October 2010 resulting in referral to the Australian Federal Police is ten (10). The management at Bimberi continues to work with staff to develop their awareness of safety and security risks and the identification of strategies and practices to manage the risks associated with the nature of the work. In matters involving assaults on staff that are referred to police, the complainant is the affected staff member, not the Department. Young people also move in and out of the centre. Currently, the Department is not routinely informed by the Australian Federal Police if charges are being pursued.

In 2009-2010 there was one Segregation Direction involving one young person being placed in the safe room. The Public Advocate is informed of any use of the safe room


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