Page 3191 - Week 07 - Thursday, 30 June 2011

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(Question No 1677)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Economic Development, upon notice, on 30 June 2011:

(1) In relation to the Land Development Agency’s Mingle program for Molonglo, what are the plans for Mingle in the new suburbs of the Molonglo Valley.

(2) Will they be based on the Bush on the Boundary model.

(3) Will it involve use or coordination of the community gardens site.

(4) Will it involve establishing a local Parkcare Group.

(5) How much will the program cost to run.

(6) How many years will the program be funded for.

(7) What are the longer term objectives in terms of ongoing community building after funding for the Mingle program runs out.

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

(1) Initial planning for the roll out of the Mingle program in the suburbs of Wright and Coombs in the Molonglo Valley will commence in 2011-12. The Land Development Agency (LDA) is currently preparing a Request for Tender for a consultant to develop a strategy specific to Wright and Coombs and research will be conducted in August/September 2011 to inform this strategy.

(2) The plan will be based on the same model that the LDA is currently using in Franklin and will aim to build a vibrant community through a range of activities such as new resident programs, family events, community working groups etc. The specifics however, will be informed by the strategy developed by the consultant and the research findings.

(3) There would be opportunities for community events/activities to revolve around any community gardens. The final plan may also include other events/activities to do with gardening and sustainable living options.

(4) The details of the Mingle strategy for Wright and Coombs are yet to be defined. Initiatives such as Parkcare are a good fit with the program and will be considered in developing the strategy.

(5) The budget for the five year program for Mingle in Wright and Coombs is $600,000 per suburb.

(6) The program will be funded and managed by the LDA over five years.

(7) A community organisation will be engaged to roll out the five year program in partnership with the LDA. It is expected that at the conclusion of the five years the community partner would be in a position to take over the events, activities and initiatives initially delivered as part of the Mingle program.

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