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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (9 June) . .

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I can also inform members that I wrote to the Hon Christian Porter, federal minister for disability, on 4 April 2016 highlighting the funding issue faced by print handicapped Radio 1RPH. The ACT government is committed to supporting all disability providers through the transition to the national disability insurance scheme, including the implementation of information linkages and capacity building, and is investing in resources to assist providers to prepare and reform their business and services models where necessary.

In 2015 ACT providers had two opportunities to apply for tailored NDIS development assistance through NDIS business investment packages valued at up to $50,000 per organisation. Applications were open on 1 February 2016 for a further round of business investment packages. Information linkages and capacity building providers, including print handicapped Radio 1RPH, wishing to change their service model were prioritised for this funding.

I am pleased to inform the Assembly that in addition to the $39,000 grant from the NDIA, Radio 1RPH has also been awarded a business investment package of $50,000 to work with a consultant to review its organisational business plan and to create relationships with potential funding and sponsorship partners.

This is on top of the $20,000 funding and governance package that print handicapped Radio 1RPH received in 2014 to better prepare the organisation to strengthen its business practices. The Community Services Directorate has met with print handicapped Radio 1RPH on a number of occasions to discuss with them how they may best utilise their $50,000 business investment package. I can assure the Assembly that the directorate will continue to work closely with print handicapped Radio 1RPH as they implement their business investment package and explore future funding.

As the ACT government steps aside from the direct funding of disability support services, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the NDIA for their grant of $39,000 to Radio 1RPH. I also thank officials from Disability ACT who worked with Radio 1RPH in the successful application to the NDIA.

I present the following paper:

Print Handicapped Radio 1RPH—Ministerial statement, 9 June 2016.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Canberra-Wellington—proposed sister city relationship

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.22): I move:

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