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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3207 ..


organisations. This is a 7 per cent increase in usage from the 2016 data and a 20 per cent increase in usage from the 2015 data.

(6) a-f. Data regarding specific spaces that are used in individual schools is not collected centrally by the Directorate:

(i) The conditions of an agreement vary depending on the type of agreement being used. In the case of a standard user utilising space for an ad-hoc period, generally a standard Facility Hire Agreement will be used. A Licence Agreement will be used for more formal arrangements such as exclusive use of a space of the facility. Both the Facility Hire Agreement and the Licence Agreement will clearly articulate the terms and conditions of the use of the facility.

(ii) Schools must adhere to the standard Directorate community use rates when hiring out school facilities to the community.

The Community Use of School Facilities policy states that individual school principals may waive and/or reduce hire rates based on the marginal costs of usage or in consideration of non-cash benefits to their individual school, students and community (e.g. community sport organisations coaching of students, supporting the school in providing alternative activities to their students and wider community).

(iii) The Directorate does not collect average utilisation rates.

The data collected from schools in June 2017 indicates that at that time, there were 485 users of school facilities that is made up of community organisations, social groups and not-for-profit organisations.

Currently, all schools except for Narrabundah College, hire out their facilities to the public. Narrabundah College is currently undergoing significant infrastructure works at their site.

ACT Policing—Neighbourhood Watch (Question No 1508)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 8 June 2018:

(1) What steps are required to establish a local Neighbourhood Watch group.

(2) What are the minimum requirements residents need to meet to operate a Neighbourhood Watch group.

(3) What steps does ACT Policing take to ensure Neighbourhood Watch groups have genuine community support and are not being used to intervene in the concerns of an individual rather than the local community as a whole.

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

Whilst a valued partner of ACT Policing, Neighbourhood Watch is an independent community led safety and awareness program.


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