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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 29 June 2010) . . Page.. 2838 ..

This afternoon, I have reviewed Hansard and I make the following comments. In May, it was still undetermined which provider would operate from the Flynn site. The decision had not been made whether Flynn would have a community or a commercial provider, whether the provider would be relocating, an expansion to an existing service or be a new provider for the ACT. At that point in time, it was my understanding that the most likely outcome was that this would result in new places, which was reflected in the language that I used at the time.

Now the negotiations are complete and Gumnut and Alkira are confirmed to move into the site. Gumnut and Alkira, combined, are licensed for 97 places. The budget papers refer to Flynn as a childcare centre of up to 120 places. Once the final planning and design of the centre is complete, we will know the growth numbers available for those services. I also note that the 450 new childcare places earmarked for this year do not include and are quite separate from any new or growth numbers delivered at Flynn.

Mr Speaker, I do regret if I have created any inadvertent confusion or misunderstanding in regard to the numbers of new places that will now be available at Flynn. Finally, I do note Mrs Dunne’s continuing strong interest in the provision of childcare, particularly on the north side, and would also like to take this opportunity to offer a detailed briefing to Mrs Dunne, or indeed any member, as to the government’s actions in providing childcare for ACT families.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 11.05 pm.

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