Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 28 November 2018) . . Page.. 4959 ..
system. Minister, what will a community school model look like for the ACT and where might these schools be located?
MS BERRY: The strategy talks about schools as communities as a broad concept that schools are more than just places for education. The ACT government has been discussing this policy or principle with school principals and school communities, including P & Cs: what school communities would look like to bring in more opportunities for people within our community to engage with the school communities. One way that we have already been implementing that kind of concept is by ensuring that our school sports facilities can be shared by the broader community as well. So now our sports clubs and organisations, as well as multicultural groups and other community groups, can access school facilities and engage with those school communities in that way.
MR COE: Minister, aside from the use of facilities, what changes to governance or decision-making might be features of a community school?
MS BERRY: The strategy talks about making sure that we have strong communities for learning in our schools, which engages broadly other parts of the community to support education in our schools but also to provide other opportunities for our schools to be opened up to the broader community. We will be developing work around how we engage more services—support services and others—in our schools to provide those better communities for learning.
Mr Coe: On a point of order of relevance, the specific question was about governance and decision-making, not about facilities or resources and I ask that she be directly relevant.
MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, if you could go to the point of governance.
MS BERRY: I have completed my answer.
MS LEE: Minister, what impact would the adoption of your government’s vision for a community school model have on funding for other ACT government schools?
MS BERRY: There will be a whole lot of changes occurring in our schools similar to the ones that have already been announced by the ACT government to provide supports to teachers to provide the best educational outcomes for our students. So as decisions are made about spending in schools, those will be made by budgets, as all decisions about spending across the ACT community are made during the budget processes.
MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Chief Minister and relates to the ACT’s population projections, which can be found on the government’s website. The population for Tuggeranong is projected to fall 29 per cent from 85,000 in 2015 to 61,000 in 2040 while Weston Creek is expected to fall 42 per cent from 22,000 in