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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 18 June 2009) . . Page.. 2568 ..

circle of advice for the board and for the government in relation to a community advisory body. In fact, you and I discussed this very matter and how it would in fact be perhaps beneficial for Exhibition Park to have an advisory focus from the users of the facility. This would be, of course, a voluntary committee and would not attract any fees. It would be the opportunity for users of the facility and other community groups to have some input into the future operations and use of the facility. In relation to the board, a number of members’ terms expire on 30 June and I have simply sought expressions of interest.

Mr Smyth: Who will they advise—you, the board or the department?

MR BARR: I have simply sought expressions of interest. An appointment to a board is not a job for life and we will always look for a range of representatives from the community, and I look forward to seeing the range of applicants for those board positions.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary question?

MR SMYTH: Minister, what savings to the budget will be achieved by introducing a new level of administration into the operations of Exhibition Park in Canberra, and who will the community advisory committee advise—you, the board or the department?

MR BARR: There are no savings associated with establishing a voluntary community advisory board.

Mr Seselja: And costs?

MR BARR: There will be no costs associated with that either.

Mr Smyth: No costs? It’s free.

MR BARR: Yes, it is possible to seek input from the community through existing resources and it will come at no cost. I would envisage that advice can be provided to all three, and it would appear that the only people who are opposed to more community involvement in Exhibition Park are the Canberra Liberals.

Alexander Maconochie Centre and Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—needle and syringe program

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, the adult corrections health services plan 2008-2012 outlines the government’s plans in relation to developing policies around a needle and syringe program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Can you advise the Assembly if there are similar plans that extend to the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre?

MS GALLAGHER: For a needle and syringe program?

Mr Dunne: Yes.

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