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The Council advised the Minister regarding the selection of the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award recipients.

The Council provided the Minister with a copy of their Annual Report at their meeting on Tuesday 6 September 2005.

(7) The Minister approved Youth InterACT Grants and Scholarships for the recommended applicants.

The Minister presented the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards to the recommended recipients at a ceremony on 12 April 2005, during Youth Week.

The Minister sent a follow up letter after the meeting with the Council on 6 September.

The Minister thanked the Council for their Annual Report and encouraged the Council to set achievable goals while developing their work plan.

Children—child care
(Question No 648)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 21 September 2005:

(1) Can the Minister list the child care services that are leasing facilities from the ACT Government, including information on (a) the annual rent paid for each facility, (b) the number of child care places and (c) whether the services are operated by non-profit or for-profit organisations;

(2) How does the ACT Government manage the facilities leased to child care services including (a) whether there is a common form of lease, (b) who is responsible for maintaining the facilities and (c) whether there are plans for building upgrades or renewal;

(3) Has the ACT Government sold land or buildings for the purpose of child care service delivery over the past five years; if so, (a) which services purchased land or buildings from the ACT Government, (b) how many, if any, of the transactions involve a lease to purchase arrangement, (c) were conditions place on the sale with regard to the use of the facility and (d) what was the amount paid for each block and/or building and the basis for this value, for example market value or less than market value;

(4) Does the ACT Government own any child care facilities that are not currently being used for child care service provision.

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

(1) The ACT Government has leasing arrangements for 42 Childcare Centres. The attached list provides detail on:

(a) rent paid;

(b) number of places; and

(c) whether they are operated by non profit or for profit organisations.

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