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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3456 ..

(3) The report was initially circulated to key stakeholders and discussed at Children's Services Director's Meetings. A facilitated consultation session with 30 participants was held in June 2003 with written comments accepted until July 2003. Participants from Centre Based Children's Services, School Age Care, education and training bodies and Children's Services Support programs attended the consultation session.

(4) Preliminary findings from the consultation support the main recommendations in the report highlighting training, recruitment and retention as major issues.

(5) All recommendations accepted by the ACT Government will address the identified problems.

(6) a) 8 main recommendations can be implemented at the local level. 14 main recommendations can be implemented with ACT Government, Commonwealth Government, training institution and sector input.

b) 2 main recommendations have been implemented at no cost. Preliminary work has commenced on a number of the other recommendations at no cost at this stage.

(7) 12 main recommendations cannot be implemented at the local government level.

(8) The ACT Government will finalise our response to the report and consultation process. This response will then inform the next steps to be taken.


(Question No 900)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 27 August 2003:

In relation to child care services in Gungahlin:

(1) How much of the approximate $2.1m funding for the Gungahlin Childcare Centre has been spent to date;

(2) What work has been completed to date on site.

(3) Is work on schedule for this facility to be completed by October 2003;

(4) If not, why not and what is the revised facilities timetable for completion;

(5) When will this Centre actually open for business.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mrs Burke's question is:

(1) To date $1.591 million has been spent on the Gungahlin Childcare Centre.

(2) The building structure is substantially complete. The majority of work remaining is internal fitout, including wall lining and painting, floor coverings, light fittings, etc and external landscaping.

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