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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2967..


(10) Yes.

Schools—active transport programs (Question No 2280)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 2 May 2012:

(1) In relation to active transport to schools, what targeted programs has the Government funded over the past three years to promote active transport to schools, including through community grants, and what did they cost.

(2) What plans does the Government have to promote active transport to schools and why has it chosen these programs over those previously funded.

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

(1) While TAMS has an ongoing infrastructure investment program involving improving road safety at schools through the use of 40kph school zones and school crossings, improvements to shared paths and traffic signs, the amount invested at schools to promote active transport is not able to be easily isolated.

(2) TAMS meets with representatives of schools regularly to discuss safety for pedestrians and cyclists in the vicinity of schools and the various infrastructure measures that may promote safe walking and cycling activities.

RSPCA—funding (Question No 2282)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 2 May 2012:

(1) In relation to funding for the RSPCA ACT and noting that (a) at the meeting of the Assembly Estimates Committee on Friday, 13 May 2011, the CEO of RSPCA ACT, Mr Michael Linke, gave evidence that the ACT Government did not, as required under the service agreement that it had with the RSPCA, negotiate in a meaningful way the funding grant for the 2011-2012 financial year and the service outputs that the

RSPCA would be expected to deliver, Instead the RSPCA was simply informed of their funding increase and (b) in February 2012 the RSPCA requested that the grant for 2012-2013 include an extra $327 000 to cover the cost of looking after stray cats and that Mr Linke noted that even with this increase, the Government grant would not fully cover the cost of providing a range of services which are fully funded from Government revenues in other jurisdictions and he also indicated that without increased revenues the RSPCA may need to discontinue some activities, with responsibility falling back on the Government, in preparing the Budget for 2012-2013 has the Government negotiated with the RSPCA regarding the funding grant for 2012-2013 and the three forward estimate years, including the service outputs expected from the RSPCA; if so, has this involved face-to-face meetings with RSPCA representative(s), on how many occasions and what were the levels of staff from the directorate involved in those meeting.


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