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on it until approximately 2006, when it closed due to lack of community interest. The site was then levelled and grassed. Theodore: Block 2, Section 680, PRZ1, Urban Open Space is identified as a drainage line/ floodway.

(2) Given the space may be needed to improve the main intersection, community use of the space wouldn’t be supported on a long-term permanent basis, but the community may be interested in creating a volunteer group to undertake maintenance activities to support improved aesthetic values in part of the space. The Government has a program to support and work in partnership with volunteers, and members of the community are encouraged to contact the Urban Parks and Places Volunteering program on how to form a group.

(3) Constituents can propose ideas for future use of urban space through the Urban Parks and Places Volunteering program if forming a community group is desired.

(4) The ACT Government would consider a number of factors in determining community use of urban open space. This might include public and staff safety, infrastructure, culturally significant sites, environmental outcomes and amenity.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—anti-smoking measures
(Question No 871)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Justice Health, upon notice, on 5 August 2022:

(1) Does the job description for the Director, Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) Smoke Free Project state that it is a temporary vacancy available for up to 12 months; if so, is it the intention of ACT Corrective Services to have the prison smoke free for detainees within the 12 months the job is funded.

(2) Will the project be a phased ban on nicotine and tobacco related products; if so, can the Minister describe each phase.

(3) Is the Smoke Free Project being modelled on the Smoking Cessation Pilot Program; if so, what findings from the Pilot are being applied to the AMC Smoke Free Project.

(4) Is it the intention of the Government to ban AMC staff from smoking on AMC grounds as part of the AMC Smoke Free Project.

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

As recommended in the Blueprint for Change report, ACT Corrective Services is commencing work on a plan to transition the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) to be a smoke free environment within a period yet to be finalised. While the advertised position of Director, Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) Smoke Free Project is a temporary position for a period of up to 12 months, the final timeline for the transition will occur in consultation with stakeholders and will be carefully phased over at least 12 months.

The first phase of the project will involve communications, and extensive consultation with Canberra Health Services, AMC staff, detainees and other stakeholders. This will involve any lessons learnt from the Smoking Cessation Pilot Program and will inform the further planning and phased approach to management of the transition, including for staff. It is expected there will be ongoing consultation throughout the transition and that the process will be dynamic and responsive.

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