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(6) Public amenities for mothers, children, the elderly and the disabled include sheltered areas and seating within the centre, awnings around the edges of the buildings, trees around the playground and covered seating at the bus stop;

(7) Existing car parking facilities were recently reconfigured to achieve more efficient layouts and additional spaces, and these facilities will be retained;

(8) The Trash and Treasure Market will continue to operate in its existing location;

(9) There is no intention to change the status of Jamison from a group centre;

(10) Variations to the Territory Plan following the master planning process led to increased densities and mixed-use development including residential uses being permitted. These opportunities for people to live and work in and close to the centre, and to shop locally, reduce the number of car trips required and contribute to the vibrancy of the centre.

Finance—federal funding
(Question No 1831)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

(1) Does the ACT receive payments from the Federal Government for the purpose of maintaining and improving municipal services within the Territory; if so, what is the value of these payments?

(2) Do these payments form part of general revenue or are they used specifically for municipal services in the Territory;

(3) If the payments form part of general revenue, what amount, as a figure and a percentage, is allocated to the municipal services budget.

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

(1) Payments from the Federal Government for local government purposes are shown in Budget Paper No. 3 (p42). In 2007-08 these payments are estimated to be $60.8 million.

(2) These payments form part of general revenue.

(3) There is no separate municipal services budget. All municipal type revenues are treated as general revenue, without hypothecation to municipal type expenditures. Nevertheless, the Government has adopted a policy that municipal revenue, from all sources, is broadly in line with municipal expenses.

Water—unmetered consumption
(Question No 1834)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 12 February 2008 (redirected to the Treasurer):

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