Page 4520 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 23 November 2005

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We have done some constructive things about that, beyond the talk. Actively ageing grows. Quite clearly, the kids-at-play program has grown. I thank the sponsors who have helped us fit out the vans. I thank the University of Canberra for the continued provision and the continued involvement of their students. For the students, the government and community, it is a win-win process.

MR STANHOPE: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Griffin Centre—food distribution program

MR HARGREAVES: On 17 November I took a question on notice from Dr Foskey concerning the Red Cross Roadhouse free food program operating from the new Griffin Centre. The Red Cross Roadhouse has been operating for some time. It used to run from the old Griffin Centre and is now operating out of the main meeting room on the ground floor of the new building. The government made a commitment that all tenants from the old Griffin Centre would be accommodated in the new Griffin Centre if they wished. Users of the old building, such as the roadhouse, have transferred across to the improved facilities in the new Griffin Centre.

The new Griffin Centre represents a substantial commitment by the government, with the building costing over $9 million to construct and establish. However, the building is managed by the ACT Council of Cultural and Community Organisations Inc. In my meetings with the council I have acknowledged their significant role in managing the sometimes competing priorities and demands of and diverse use by tenants and users of the building. The roadhouse operated from one of the larger meeting rooms in the old Griffin Centre, a space that was used for other activities when not being used for the program. It is just such an arrangement that is in place in the new centre. With any new building and significant move, there are issues and challenges that need to be resolved. These issues and challenges need to be addressed by that council.

Canberra Labor Club

MR QUINLAN: During question time yesterday I took a question from Mr Stefaniak in relation to the Labor Club in the city and I will read the answer that I have received from the commission:

The Gaming Machine Act requires the Commission to “make the Social Impact Assessment available for inspection” by members of the public for a period of 6 weeks, ie there is no requirement for the Commission to provide the public a copy of any Social Impact Assessment (SIA) lodged with the Commission.

In relation to the SIA lodged by the City Labor Club concerning its proposed move to the former Angus and Robinson site in Civic, due to the public interest in the proposal the Commission made a copy of the text of the SIA available to all members of the public that were interested.

Initially, the data tables attached to the SIA (such as the ABS data used) were not provided due to their size and the fact that they were generally publicly available.

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