Page 5798 - Week 15 - Thursday, 10 December 2009

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The ACT Government and community agencies involved in the development of these Frameworks share accountability for mental health at a population level. This has the effect of expanding the mental health sector all the time as other agencies take on the role of looking after people’s mental health and wellbeing. A report summarising the outcome of programs and activities undertaken by organisations and other government departments will be tabled in the legislative assembly annually.

(3) The 2009-2010 ACT Health Budget for mental health is $77.8 million and this includes growth funding of $2.0 million across all services and $0.3m for mental health training. Community mental health services funding will continue to grow across the budget years.

(4) The target for funding, as outlined in the ACT Mental Health Services Plan 2009-14, has both firm and aspirational components. The target will vary according to ACT budget conditions and the evidence base for successful mental health interventions. The Government is committed to growing the mental health budget over time to further develop the range of services needed to meet the mental health needs of the people of the ACT, and recognises the value of investing in the community sector as a key to service delivery. It has always been stated that this target is, like a vision statement, an aspirational goal that the Government can focus on to help it remain clear about what it is seeking to achieve.

Business—outdoor cafe licences
(Question No 420)

Mr Seselja asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 12 November 2009:

(1) How many cafes in the ACT have a licence to trade in an outdoor area.

(2) Are the guidelines for outdoor cafes available publicly; if so, where are they available.

(3) When was the most recent version of the guidelines implemented.

(4) Under which Act are the guidelines enforced.

(5) Which department has responsibility for enforcing the guidelines.

(6) How many applications for an outdoor café licence are currently waiting for approval.

(7) What is the average wait time for submitting an application to use an outdoor area to the time of approval.

(8) What is the average seating capacity of each outdoor area used by cafes in the ACT.

(9) What is the average size in square metres of each outdoor area used by cafes in the ACT.

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

(1) There are currently 216 permits for outdoor cafe areas on unleased Territory land.

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