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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2169 ..

In relation to the amalgamation of the (a) Narrabundah and Tuggeranong and (b) Dickson and Belconnen, Aged Day Care Centres:

(1) How many staff positions at (a) and (b) above are redundant as a result of these amalgamations.

(2) What financial saving does this represent.

(3) Have redundant staff been redeployed and if so, where.

(4) Was consideration given to the link between elderly clients and particular staff and if so, what was the result.

Mr Corbell

the answer to the member's question is:

(1) The duty of care owed to all clients attending day care and the move to a more therapeutic form of care required a revision of the duty statements and selection criteria for staff. Existing staff were required to undertake a merit selection process in order to ensure the centres were able to deliver safe and effective client services. After the merit selection interview process was conducted there were three staff members who were unsuccessful in gaining employment from the Tuggeranong / Narrabundah amalgamation and one from the Belconnen / Dickson amalgamation.

(2) There have been no financial savings made this budget year, as affected staff are being supported on salary maintenance, or redeployment and training programs, to ensure that every opportunity is given to them to find employment.

(3) The arrangements specified in the relevant Enterprise Bargaining Agreements for the excess staff are being followed. Staff have been offered, and have taken work in other areas. Training in specific skills, which will enhance the employment prospects of those staff, is being provided.

(4) Consideration was given to client and staff relationships during this process. Every attempt has been made to ensure that clients have familiar staff attending them and new staff will be introduced and assimilated slowly.

Development-Civic car park

(Question No 630)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to the redevelopment of the existing open car park on Section 84 City

(1) Is it a fact that development of Section 56/84 Civic i.e. the open space car park site, has been delayed 3 years and if so why?

(2) Does this delay equate with the contract specifications prior to auction and if not, why is the contract not cancelled and another auction set down.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

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