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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 2055..


Territory and Municipal Services Directorate—community engagement (Question No 2195)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 29 March 2012:

(1) What amount has been budgeted for community engagement by the directorate in the current financial year.

(2) Is the amount referred to in part (1) based on a proportion of the cost of individual projects, or is it based on a set figure allocated to community engagement.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. There is no separate budget for community engagement for the directorate. Community engagement is core business for the directorate and is included in activities that are undertaken on a daily basis.

2. Please refer to answer 1.

Children—playground upgrades (Question No 2197)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 29 March 2012:

(1) Given that the website of the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate, under the heading of Playground Safety Program, notes that "A style of playground installed in the late 1980s had many elements that no longer meet current Australian Standards. These elements are now judged as high risk and when funds are available, the playgrounds with these elements are replaced before others", how many playgrounds in the ACT are in this category.

(2) What is the approximate cost of upgrading all of these playgrounds, such that they meet current Australian standards.

(3) What is the Government plan for their replacement, and over what period.

(4) Are any safety warnings displayed at these playgrounds.

(5) Have there been any accidents at playgrounds that do not meet the Australian Standards, since the standards were last updated in 2004, for which the state of the playground has contributed to the accident or to the physical trauma caused by the accident; if so, has the ACT Government been required to, or voluntarily agreed to, pay compensation to the victim or the victim's family.

(6) Is the Minister able to say whether the Government would be legally obliged to pay compensation in any future instance for contributing to an accident by not properly maintaining municipal playgrounds.


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