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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 26 August 2010) . . Page.. 4148 ..

(1) I am advised by ACTEW that the answers provided were correct: that is, as at 18 February 2010, there were 13 members of ACTEW staff working on the major water security projects and related activities. ACTEW is not undertaking any work directly on the Enlarged Cotter Dam or the Murrumbidgee to Googong Transfer Project. ACTEW is not a constructor, it is the owner of the projects. All construction activity is being undertaken by the Bulk Water Alliance partners who engage staff either as contractors or sub-contractors. ACTEW does not have any construction staff employed in any part of the organisation.

(2) I am advised by ACTEW that the roles and responsibilities of the 13 staff are of a management and administrative nature eg. accounting and financial, communications, executive and administrative support. Ten of those staff members are employed on a permanent full-time basis and three are employed full-time on contract.

Children—kinship carer support (Question No 979)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 22 June 2010:

(1) What procurement process was used to select Marymead as the recipient of funding under the grandparent and kinship carers program.

(2) How many organisations submitted expressions of interest in the procurement process referred to in part (1).

(3) How many organisations submitted service delivery proposals, contract tenders or similar in the procurement process referred to in part (1).

(4) In relation to the department’s conclusion that Marymead should be the successful funding recipient, (a) what assessment process was followed and (b) what were the elements of Marymead’s proposal that led the department to that conclusion.

(5) Is the funding underpinned by a funding agreement/contract between the Government and Marymead; if not, why not.

(6) In relation to the funding arrangement with Marymead, (a) what is the nature of the arrangement for example, funding agreement, exchange of letters or some other form of arrangement, (b) what is the term of the arrangement, (c) how much is to be paid to Marymead in each year of the term, (d) what services is Marymead to provide under the arrangement and (e) what accountability/funding acquittal tools are in place.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. In 2003 Marymead Child and Family Centre was funded by the then Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FACSIA) to provide a support service to Grandparents who provide care to their grandchildren. With the FACSIA funding ending in December 2005, Marymead requested funding from the OCYFS for the program. No specific funding stream was available at that time and after two years of the Department sustaining this initiative through short term measures, funding was identified within the Family Support Program. At that time there was no specific funding for kinship support services.

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