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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 3060..


Centres managing the delivery of the Communication and Social Awareness Playgroup. Informal evaluation activities included a survey involving families and allied professionals. Nine responses were received including three from involved families, which were broadly positive.

Largely as a result of the small number of enrolments in 2011, it was mutually agreed between the Directorate and Noah's Ark Family and Community Centres that the Directorate could meet the needs of the group within existing resources, so the program returned to the Directorate in 2012. Children referred for this service are placed in north and south side Directorate Early Intervention playgroups.

As is the case with any programs conducted by the Directorate, current arrangements are subject to ongoing review. If it is considered appropriate at any time in future to outsource the delivery of this program, it will be subject to an open tender.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—identity braclets

Dr Bourke (in reply to supplementary questions by Mr Coe and Mr Hanson on Tuesday, 8 May 2012): I can advise the Assembly that in October 2011, all detainee RFID devices were removed. Staff duress alarm devices remain in place.

The decision to remove the detainee devices was made due to ongoing problems with the operation of the RFID system, including problems with battery life, which the private contractor has been unable to resolve to ACT Corrective Services' satisfaction since detainees were first received into the AMC in 2009.

The Territory is now in discussion with the provider to finalise the contract whilst ensuring that a staff duress system remains operational. Those discussions are at a mature stage.

Security of the AMC and detainee management has not been compromised. The RFID system has the capacity to enhance prisoner management, but is not the primary mechanism for this function. Normal prison operations (as occur in prisons throughout Australia), have been maintaining appropriate custodial standards to date and will continue to do so.

Recycling—batteries and light bulbs

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Hunter on Tuesday, 8 May 2012): The Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) Directorate does not report on the proportion of fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent globes going into ACT landfill given the very small volume.

However, the recycled component of fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent globes is identified as a part of the drop off at transfer stations. Data for commercial recycling quantities is not kept.

In the 2010-11 financial year, a total of 2,235 tonnes of the recyclable component of fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent globes, received at transfer stations, was recycled.


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