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Road Ready Plus aims to provide support for young people holding provisional licences during their period of highest risk as new solo drivers by enabling them to identify, relate to and therefore avoid high risk behaviours and potentially high risk situations.

(3) The Road Ready Plus Course is conducted by a private contractor on a user pays basis. The course is also available through the CIT and a number of youth services for young people requiring assistance with literacy and numeracy issues. The ACT Government, in fact, meets the cost of the publication of Road Ready and Road Ready Plus course materials and also subsidises interpreter and direct assistance costs for people from non-English speaking backgrounds or who require literacy or numeracy assistance.

(4) Since the course commenced in February 2001, 4,715 young people have completed the course. All drivers are required to complete 3 years on a provisional licence.

(5) Road Ready Plus is conducted by Freebott Pty Ltd from two sites located in Watson and Woden. The frequency of courses is driven by demand. Ninety three courses were held in the 12 month period may 2004 to April 2005. At least six weekend courses, two weekday and two evening courses are offered each month. Additional courses are also available during school holidays.

(6) In 2004, 1,426 young people completed the course. To date in 2005, 852 people have undertaken Road Ready Plus.

(7) All income derived from the course fees remains with the service provider.

Prison—indigenous consultations
(Question No 416)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 23 June 2005, (redirected to the Attorney-General):

Which Indigenous groups were consulted and when in regard to the site for the proposed ACT Prison.

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

Communication and consultation with all community, including Indigenous, groups with respect to the prison site followed the Preliminary Assessment procedures laid down in Part IV of the Land Planning and Environment Act 1991.

In addition over the period 29 June to 1 July 2005 Mr Walter Bell of Buru Ngunnawal group, Mr Carl Brown of Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation and Mr Joe House of Ngunnawal Local Aboriginal Land Council participated in the Heritage Survey of the site for the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

Furthermore, the AMC Project office has communicated with the following Aboriginal groups with respect to the project: Mr Fred Monahan and Members of the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (AJAC) 11 September 2003 and 30 June 2004; Ngunnawal Elders Group and Mr Keith Brandy 27 February 2004; Ms Lynette Ella and representatives from the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs 20 October 2003 and 24 February 2005; Mr Harry Williams and Mr Joe Hedger (AJAC) 6 May 2005.

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