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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2626 ..


14 August 2019, our commitment to the principles of A step up remains firm. As the ACT Together consortium leader, Barnardos will ensure continuity of support for the children and young people who are currently in residential care supported by Premier Youthworks.

I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the commitment of the Premier Youthworks staff, who work with some of the most vulnerable and complex young people in our community. I have met a number of these staff and have always been impressed by how well they know the young people in their care, and how thoughtful they are about the supports the young people need to live their best lives, often in challenging situations.

In the medium term, another organisation will join the ACT Together consortium. This presents an opportunity to build on the work done to date and to explore new opportunities to deliver targeted, therapeutic and trauma informed residential care.

Our partners in the implementation of A step up for our kids—Barnardos, OzChild and the Australian Childhood Foundation, within ACT Together; Uniting; Karinya House; the Create Foundation; Carers ACT; and the Red Cross birth family advocacy service—understand that each organisation has a crucial part to play in the overall success of the reforms.

I would like to assure members that as we enter the last 16 months of the strategy, the directorate will continue to work with its partners to facilitate a renewed effort on permanency, prevention and reunification outcomes. The 2019-20 budget, in addition to providing more operational funding for out of home care, includes funding to support the development of the next stage of the reforms. I look forward to continuing to update the Assembly on this important work to ensure that children and young people in care grow up strong, safe and connected to family, community and culture.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Kikkert) adjourned to the next sitting.

Nature Conservation (Molonglo River Reserve) Reserve Management Plan 2019

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (3.17): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Nature Conservation Act—Nature Conservation (Molonglo River Reserve) Reserve Management Plan 2019—Disallowable Instrument DI2019-192, together with its explanatory statement.

The Molonglo River Reserve Management Plan 2019 has been prepared in accordance with chapter 8 of the Nature Conservation Act 2014. I am pleased to present the final plan to the Legislative Assembly today.


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