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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 217 ..

(2) Child and Youth Protection Services (CYPS) in partnership with Housing ACT, is progressing the Co-design Therapeutic Residential Build project in Canberra’s North. The project will involve a design and construct process for a purpose built therapeutic residential care house for young people who are unable to live at home with their families. The five-bedroom accommodation will cater for children with alternate caregivers on a short or long-term basis, with twenty four hour live-in support. The model is focused on providing children with safety, stability, and a sense of security, in a group-home setting. CYPS is leading the project, facilitating consultation activities with the sector and engaging with young people with lived experience in out of home care to take part in the co-design of the new homes. Housing ACT is responsible for managing the detailed design phase, procurement of a builder, and construction project management.

CSD Strategic Policy and Housing ACT, in partnership with the Youth Coalition ACT (YouthCo) and Community Partners is also delivering the Safe and Connected Youth project, as part of the COVID Support Packages. Based on the successful Ruby’s Re-unification Model from South Australia, an existing Housing ACT owned property in Canberra’s South will be refurbished to provide crisis, transitional and respite accommodation for young people who are either experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness due to family conflict and/or breakdown. The refurbishment will provide a fit for purpose six-bedroom residence with counselling and overnight rooms for carers. The project is scheduled to be tendered early 2021. Community Services Directorate was granted $1 million in 2020-21 through the ACT Government Fast-Track (Screwdriver Ready) Program for the refurbishment, and $840,000 through COVID Support Packages for the current Safe and Connect Youth services and accommodation brokerage.

Planning—McKellar shops(Question No 14)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 4 December 2020:

(1) Who is the current leaseholder of the McKellar shops site.

(2) On what date was the current lease obtained.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Bennetts Close Pty Limited is the current lessee.

(2) The lease was obtained by Bennetts Close Pty Limited on 3 September 2015.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—transitional release centre(Question No 17)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 4 December 2020:

(1) What facilities make up the transitional release centre at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

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