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The possible introduction of eco-lodges into the Reserve is matter that will be considered by the Shaping Our Territory Working Group and the Tidbinbilla Valley Board. Consideration would also be given to the number of lodges, their location, and the level of Government and commercial interest that would be appropriate.

Please note that part 11 incorrectly refers to the ‘re-opening’ of campsites at Tidbinbilla. The current Management Plan for Tidbinbilla does not allow for camping or campsites. A Variation to the Management Plan is currently underway that, subject to the approval process, could permit camping in designated campgrounds in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s special purpose reserve zone.

Consequently, consideration is still being given to the introduction of campsites at Tidbinbilla and their number and location will be subject to discussion with relevant stakeholders.

In the event that eco-ledges and campsites are to be established normal approval processes would apply, including Preliminary Assessments and Development Applications.

(Question No 162)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 16 February 2005:

(1) What guidelines are used by the Department of Education and Training whereby a qualified teacher is offered a contract for a temporary placement in an ACT government school;

(2) What is the recruitment process for qualified teachers to be offered permanency in the ACT government school system;

(3) How does a qualified teacher go from the temporary employment list to the permanent employment list;

(4) What are the factors determining the rating a qualified teacher receives;

(5) What rating does a qualified teacher require in order to be offered a permanent contract in the ACT government system;

(6) How many qualified teachers with a meritorious rating or above have not been offered a permanent contract in the ACT government school system in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005 to date.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The guidelines for temporary (contract) employment as a teacher are contained in the Teaching Staff Certified Agreement 2004-2006. There are two types of temporary employment:

Short term, where the vacancy is for more than twenty days but less than one school term, and

Long term, where the vacancy is for a full school term or more.

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