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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 29 June 2010) . . Page.. 2721 ..


Gumnut. So that is what we have delivered. What we have done is to deliver security and surety for two local providers.

Members interjecting—

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I did not ask the minister about who would be occupying those places. I asked the minister whether there would be 110 new places and, if there were not 110 new places, how many new places there would be.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order. I think with all the interjections it is actually hard to hear whether the minister has answered the question or not.

MS BURCH: Indeed, in the budget papers, we committed $4 million to Flynn. This initiative provides for the refurbishment of part of the former site at Flynn as a designated childcare centre accommodating between 100 and 120 places. We are yet to have the designers and the builders out there, so until that actually happens, the definitive answer as to whether it is 112, 113, 110 or 120 is probably yet to be delivered. But what we have delivered is more childcare places for Flynn and to provide assurances for both Alkira—

Mr Hanson: 110 or more; is that what you are saying?

MS BURCH: I am just curious to see if they have got a problem with Gumnut and Alkira moving in to Flynn—

Mr Hanson: Answer the question.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson!

MS BURCH: and with the addition of childcare places in west Belconnen.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, how can you define these places as new places if they are simply relocation from other centres?

MS BURCH: With the relocation in Flynn, both organisations will have the capacity to grow.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe.

MR COE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, I remind you of your statement that it was an incredible increase in childcare places. Will you apologise for misleading the Assembly and the community by calling these places an increase, when they were in fact a relocation?


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