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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2712 ..

Given that the ACT Government announced local shop upgrades for Florey, Macquarie and Evatt shops in September 2020, for each of these local shops, can the Minister provide the (a) nature of the upgrade/s, (b) allocated cost and (c) start and completion dates for each upgrade (estimated if not yet completed).

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

(a) Local shopping centre upgrades at Lanyon, Macquarie and Evatt shops will focus on upgrades to the public realm, and where possible, improving general amenity to contribute to the overall revitalisation of the shopping centres.

Community consultation will be undertaken prior to the commencement of any works which will inform the improvements and assist in prioritisation.

(b) The cost of the upgrades will be informed by the scope of works to be undertaken, which will be informed through community consultation.

(c) Feasibility and design studies are expected to commence in the 2021-22 financial year and will inform the timeframe for construction.

Children and young people—care and protection review(Question No 396)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 6 August 2021 (redirected to the Minister for Families and Community Services):

(1) In relation to an external review mechanism for child protection decisions as discussed in hearings on Friday, 26 February 2021, when was the select tender ‘to examine all the aspects of proposed models for external merits review’ awarded.

(2) Who was awarded the tender.

(3) How many potential tenderers were invited to engage in this process.

(4) What deadline has the successful tenderer been given for its final report to be submitted.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Requests for project proposals were sent to consultants on 3 May 2021, with consultants invited to submit a proposal due to their expertise and experience. Submissions closed 28 May 2021. A successful provider was notified in mid-July, however the provider withdrew from the process at this stage.

(2) No provider has been awarded the tender. The Community Services Directorate received responses to the request for project proposals and assessed the proposals. The top ranked tender proposal was received from an organisation that, following selection, provided advice that the specific individuals named in the proposal had left the organisation. This resulted in the process being discontinued. The Community Services Directorate is now in the process of issuing new requests for proposals.

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