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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2957 ..


$550 that everyone was going to save when the carbon tax was removed, which has increased cost of living, is entirely down to the federal Liberal Party.

We have seen multiple examples across the economy where the policies of your side of politics have very significantly impacted on cost of living for low income households. There is significant opportunity in the coming 12 months to change the federal government and to see a better outcome for low income Australians.

Schools—playgrounds

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for education and relates to access to playgrounds in schools. In a debate earlier this year on a playground at Waramanga shops, Minister Fitzharris said that playgrounds in schools should be accessible to the general public for use at weekends. Minister, is that the case for all public schools or are schools given a choice as to whether they lock their gates after school hours and at weekends?

MS BERRY: The policy on access to schools by the broader community with regard to playgrounds is available online. The policy is that school playgrounds are available to the broader school community as long as it does not interfere with the school operations or the management of the school.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, who can community members contact if they are actually having trouble accessing a playground at their local school outside school hours?

MS BERRY: They should speak to the school initially and then they should contact the Education Directorate if they have any issues. But the policy is very clear. Those schools are available for use by the broader community.

MS CODY: How is the government investing in improving community and sporting access to ACT public schools?

MS BERRY: The government is investing in our schools to ensure that community access is available. A number of schools have had works done to ensure that the community can access them out of hours. There has been an election commitment adding to our former work, which was actually started by the former minister for sport, Minister Shane Rattenbury.

I have added to that another $100,000 to do upgrades to schools to make sure that they are more available to community groups that want to use them. There is also forward planning occurring to make sure that both indoor and outdoor facilities are available in all sorts of different ways.

Waste—green bins

MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the rollout of green bins to Belconnen?


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