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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (22 March) . .

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(6) Will the Minister seek funding in future Budgets to provide COTA with an appropriate men's shed.

(7) When will COTA be able to erect a men's shed.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Council on the Ageing (COTA) agreed in 2015 to host a men's shed on a site immediately adjacent to the Hughes Community Centre and provided their requirements in 2016 to the ACT Property Group (ACTPG). After extensive consultation with COTA and taking account of available budget of $133,000, a design was completed for a traditional men's shed. However the requirements for approval for the facility estimated $0.5m in building and site costs.

(2) These estimates were based upon the architect advice.

(3) The estimate is referred to in response (1) above.

(4) The COTA agreed in 2015 to host a men's shed on a site immediately adjacent to the Hughes Community Centre. Subsequently the requirements for Development Approval included a carpark, this added considerably to the cost.

(5) In consultation with the COTA, the ACTPG proposed an extension to the Hughes Community Centre building in the form of a multi- purpose meeting room, to meet the wider needs of the local community, including the needs of men in the older age group. This proposal is consistent with advice provided to the Government by Purdon Planning Pty Limited in June 2014, that men's sheds can and do serve wider purposes, such as recreational "talking sheds", virtual sheds, and special interest groups as well as a workshop. The COTA rejected the proposed additional multi-purpose meeting room.

(6) The Government does not comment on future budget deliberation.

(7) This is a matter for COTA.

National disability insurance scheme—worker screening policy (Question No 940)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, upon notice, on 23 February 2018:

(1) Has the ACT agreed to become a part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Worker Screening Policy; if so, (a) how will the policy be implemented across the ACT, (b) when is the implementation of the National NDIS Worker Screening Policy intended to be completed and (c) what gaps in the ACT legal framework will the National NDIS Worker Screening Policy address.

(2) How will the National NDIS Worker Screening Policy compliment or alter the current ACT worker screening arrangements.

(3) What, if any, legislative changes will the ACT need to implement to comply with the National NDIS Worker Screening Policy.


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