Page 2656 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 21 September 2022

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Community consultation revealed a range of priorities from local residents and businesses, including a desire for improved accessibility and safety of the path network, improvements to Tuggeranong Town Park, and more places to sit, eat and study. Taking on board this feedback, our first designs show improvements along the boardwalk area, particularly around some of those sharp corners for walkers, including our park runners; improved shared path connections; revitalisation of the area new Lake Tuggeranong College; replacement of some of the street furniture; and removal of some of the cluttering along the foreshore edge.

Our plans for the town park include a wide range of improvements to the existing play space, including more nature play and additional facilities—including a new flying fox there as well, children will be pleased to learn—improved pedestrian crossing across the town park and a new toilet block to replace the existing one. These preliminary plans are now out for community feedback, and artist impressions are available, to get a sense of what these improvements will look like. We are looking forward to hearing the community’s views in this second stage of consultation on those plans. We are really looking forward to getting on and delivering that project once we have taken into account those views.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Alexander Maconochie Centre—detainee education and training programs

MR GENTLEMAN: In relation to the question from Mr Parton regarding education at AMC that I took on notice, and to Mrs Kikkert’s question on the same topic, I am advised that the tender process for the provision of education and vocational training services at AMC is still an active process. This process is undertaken at arm’s length from ministers. In this regard I refer members to this statement by the commissioner at estimates: “It is preferable to have them in the service as quickly as we possibly can.”

I also draw members’ attention to the following evidence provided during estimates. Education provider Quality Training in Construction—QTIC—has been delivering units in cert II in construction at the AMC. From May to August 2021, there were seven female participants, in January 2022 there were 40 male participants, and in July 2022 there were 20 male participants.

A senior education officer at AMC provides support to detainees undertaking distance tertiary studies as required, and detainees are also able to access the library, which is stocked with education and legal resources. A library staff member can also print required materials for detainees’ studies where necessary.

As at 14 September 2022, there are 12 detainees engaged in distance tertiary education, and another 67 detainees are enrolled in vocational training.

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