Page 61 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 7 December 2004

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The belly dancing performance group proposal of Morgan Jai-Morincome with CAPS Access received $17,860. This proposal is about an integrated group of women who will learn and then perform belly dancing. There will be some initial segregated lessons for women to learn the basic moves, followed by several classes for all women regardless of their ability. The lessons will culminate in some public performances. I look forward to Mrs Burke engaging in that process.

The strength-based mapping and asset-based community development project of Northside Community Services received $25,000. This project uses a combination of strength-based mapping and asset-based community development to mobilise existing capacity in the community to achieve increased inclusion, choice and engagement for a person with a disability in their own neighbourhood.

The Woden accommodation service training room at the Woden school received $8,100. This project is about the development of an accredited course in accommodation services, with identified units of competency. The room will be furnished as a replica of a hotel/motel room for students to learn the competencies. Existing partnerships with hotels will be further developed.

The mentors in leadership and innovation project of Baptist Community Services received $25,000. This project is about supporting people with a disability to plan a project of their choice and link them to a mentor in the community. It will provide individuals with a disability with opportunities to lead, develop skills in their area of choice, and contribute to their community. Potential leaders will form a partnership with a person who will support, encourage and inspire them. The project aims to promote inclusion, independence, initiative and the individual strengths of the participants.

Finally, the exercise for women with mobility aids project of the Women’s Centre for Health Matters, Women With Disabilities ACT and the YMCA of Canberra received $24,778. This project is about developing a safe fun activity/exercise program for women with physical disabilities, with the long-term goal of social inclusion in mainstream fitness programs. It includes weekly classes over 28 weeks, informal talks and presentations on health matters, and visits to the AIS and the Southern Cross Club’s health and fitness centre. The latter has expressed an interest in partnering longer term with the women with mobility aids project.

That is the way in which this government tries to normalise the issues for people with a disability. It tries to get them out and do with them the things that they know and the things that they are good at. I hope that this grants program will achieve all of its aims.

Bushfires—coronial inquest

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Attorney-General. Why has the ACT government joined the action against Coroner Doogan to try to force her to stand down from heading the coronial inquest into the 2003 bushfires?

MR SPEAKER: I have an issue in relation to our interference with the courts, and I think that that question attempts to elicit an answer. I think I will disallow the question.

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