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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 5102..


MR WOOD (continuing):

Winnunga has worked closely with the department to get this service up and running-and we have other relationships with Winnunga, such as the one concerned with Aboriginal tenants. Winnunga has consulted extensively in the development of this model, and the result is the service now provided down in Tuggeranong. It is a six-bedroomed family house owned by ACT Housing and specifically modified for this service by ACT Housing.

To the real point of your question: the support is based on a house parent model, with workers and a live-in family. Young women supported by the service have the opportunity to live in a family environment that reflects the cultural values of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities. It is that nature of support, that ability to relate to the people who are looking after you, that I think it so important.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Wells Station estate

MR CORBELL: In question time yesterday Mrs Dunne asked me a question in relation to the ballot for the Wells Station estate. She asked, "Does the alpha system outlined on the leased plans indicate that the subdivision was not approved before it was put up for ballot?"I can inform Mrs Dunne and members that the implementation plan for the estate has been endorsed by all relevant government agencies other than for two minor issues that do not relate to stage 1A of the estate, the area that was balloted on Sunday. The development application for the estate has been lodged with ACTPLA.

Mrs Dunne's supplementary question was, "Will the minister ensure that the blocks legally exist and are we going to see legislative amendments?"The answer is that blocks do not legally exist until the subdivision is physically constructed and services provided, at which time a survey can be undertaken and the blocks identified on a deposited plan. This is standard practice. The contracts of sale with prospective purchasers clearly identify that the blocks are subject to survey.

Vehicle registration fees

MR WOOD: On 27 November, Ms Dundas asked this supplementary question:

When looking at the impact of surcharges we also looked at the administration fees on phone and internet transactions. Can the minister inform the Assembly where that part of the review is up to?

As outlined in my earlier comments on the issue of the short-term surcharge for vehicle registrations, I agree with Ms Dundas that the reduced $10 surcharge be extended to pensioners and gold card holders. Allowing for the Christmas break, this change is expected to be implemented on 27 January. I will be making a media statement shortly.

The issue of the appropriate surcharge for phone and internet payments needs some further consideration. The ACT Road Transport Authority's new computer system, rego.act, is now at a stage where further amendments can be accommodated. For example, a new website to allow payments direct to rego.act has only recently been


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