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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 9 December 2010) . . Page.. 6226 ..

Question from Ms Bresnan in relation to the current funding percentages and if these will be maintained to meet the needs of the 18-25 year old cohort. I would like to inform the Assembly that under the new Framework for youth and family support services funded through the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, organisations will be collecting comprehensive data on who they are providing services to and the outcomes they are achieving in response to the support they receive. At this point in time, that information is not available in any consistent or comprehensive way and the percentage of funding utilised to provide services to young adults aged 18-25 is not known.

The new Framework has an emphasis on working with young adults to either:

• support them within the context of their family so they can remain living at home; or

• support them in the parenting of their own children; or

• support them in their transition to sustainable independent living and engagement with the adult service system if they have on-going needs.

Combing the two funding programs will enable services to work with young people when it is identified that they require additional support rather than wait until they reach a certain age. By providing assistance earlier we are aiming to decrease the number of young adults who are still requiring assistance outside their own support network.

Services currently provided through these funding programs are only a part of a broader service system for young adults provided by Government, both the ACT and the Commonwealth, and by community organisations. Through the tender process, organisations will be invited to submit proposals on services to be considered for funding under the new framework. The proposals will be evaluated on their individual merit, how they work within the framework and how they integrate with the broader service system.

Exhibition Park—recycling—Thursday, 21 October 2010

Mr BARR (in reply to a question by Ms Le Couteur):

Canberra Stadium and Manuka Oval both joined the Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water (DECCEW) ACTSmart Business Program in 2009. The Program, like its sister initiative ACTSmart Office, helps organisations establish efficient waste management systems.

Canberra Stadium has designated recycling bins with signs to help crowds use them correctly. Players from the Canberra Raiders and CA Brumbies feature in advertising broadcasts at the Stadium promoting recycling. The Stadium’s cleaning contractors also separate recyclable materials as part of their post-event cleaning.

Before joining the program in 2009, the Stadium recycled an average of 20% to 30% of its waste. This soon rose to 50% and peaked in September 2010 with 88% of total waste recycled. This equated to over 40 tonnes of material being recycled so far this year.

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