Page 5100 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 17 November 2009

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Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Cotter Dam—Actew advertising campaign

MS GALLAGHER: Earlier in question time today, I undertook to get back to Ms Hunter on the Actew advertising campaign. The campaign is costing $280,000. It is running for four weeks now, ending on 28 November, and there is another four weeks at a later stage. That is an eight-week information campaign in total.

National Multicultural Festival—cost

Galilee day program—funding

MS BURCH: During the last sitting period, I undertook to provide the Assembly with some additional information regarding a question I received. In response to Mr Doszpot’s question on the cost of the 2010 Multicultural Festival, a participation policy has been distributed to community groups and the diplomatic corps outlining the assessment process for potential stallholders, as well as the nominal cost. The dual purpose of the participation policy is to provide a framework that ensures the opportunity exists for all members of Canberra’s multicultural community groups wishing to showcase their respective cultural traditions to do so as storeholders or as performers, as well as to ensure the financial viability of the event into the future.

Whilst I am sure it has been covered today to some extent in response to Mr Coe’s question on the Galilee day program, DHCS provides funding to Galilee for the following services: the foster care program, the Galilee day program, the Uriarra Indigenous youth program and the social housing and homelessness services program.

Galilee currently receives annual funding of $186,654 to provide the Galilee day program. The service funding agreement expires on 31 December. My department has requested further information in relation to client usage before renewing the agreement. This process was implemented to ensure that young people attending Galilee remain connected with the ACT education system and that referrals are appropriate.

Further to clarify, my answer on Thursday referred to the Uriarra Indigenous youth program. The service funding agreement will cease on 31 December this year as a result of the recent audit and in agreement with Galilee. Galilee has been working with the remaining clients to transition them to other appropriate services. Galilee management agree with the action taken by the department and the service will be retendered in 2010.


Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Standing order 191—Amendments to the Civil Partnerships Amendment Bill 2009, dated 13 and 16 November 2009.

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