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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 18 November 2010) . . Page.. 5688 ..

Ms Burch: Is there a question there, Mrs Dunne?

MR SPEAKER: Order, Ms Burch!

MRS DUNNE: Minister, are there any occasions when these matters have been initially referred to the AFP but that case has been closed or charges withdrawn after they have been directed to the AFP?

MS BURCH: I will take the detail on notice. As I have said, matters of that sort are referred to the AFP as management deems appropriate. As to the outcome of those, I will take it on notice and come back with some information, Mrs Dunne.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, how many residents in Bimberi have been put into seclusion? Is the Official Visitor keeping you informed about those put into seclusion, keeping you up to date on those matters?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Hunter for her question. On the numbers, I will take that question on notice. I am happy to take it back over a 12-month period as well. As to my contact with the Official Visitor, I have regular contact with the Official Visitor. She keeps me updated on a range of things and the residents there are quite open and quite candid with her in comments. She, in turn, is quite open and candid in her comments to me.

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

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Schools—Throsby Catholic school

MR BARR: On Tuesday, I took a question on notice concerning the time frame for the prospective opening of a Catholic secondary campus in Throsby. I can advise members that the Department of Land and Property Services is currently managing an application from the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn for a 10-hectare block in Throsby. The block has been identified opposite the proposed district playing fields in Throsby.

District-wide environmental surveys have identified habitats for the superb parrot and golden sun moth, which are both endangered species and will require a referral to the Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act—the EPBC Act. TAMS environment is currently engaging consultants to undertake detailed surveys of the area for the superb parrot and the golden sun moth to enable this referral to take place. Once a decision from the commonwealth is received, the appropriate path for an environmental assessment can be determined and a state development plan will then be prepared and assessed. Following that, services will need to be provided.

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