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2) See Attachment A.

3) In line with the requirements of the BER program, school halls are available for community use at no or low cost, providing bookings do not interfere with the provision of education programs.

Applications for the use of school halls must be approved by the School Principal.

Evidence of Public Liability Insurance is required (minimum $10m – maximum $20m depending on the type of activity planned).

Bookings and any payment must be made seven days in advance of activities commencing. Permanent reservations may require monthly payments in advance.

4) Yes.

5) School principals have the flexibility to hire school facilities at low or no cost to community groups depending on their link to curriculum enrichment activities.

The Education and Training Directorate provides a range of community use rates as a guide for principals. The rates consider the recovery of utility costs for lighting, heating and staff security costs associated with opening the school outside hours and in some cases cleaning costs.

6) School community halls are advertised through a variety of means including school newsletters and school websites.

7) Access to community halls is arranged through the individual schools. Schools are able to make arrangements with individuals and groups to allow access after school hours and on the weekend.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Environment—cities for climate protection program
(Question No 1680)

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

(1) Is the ACT Government a signatory to the Cities for Climate Protection Program; if so, what stage is the ACT up to.

(2) What actions does the program specifically require the ACT Government to take.

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

(1) The ACT Government is a signatory to Cities for Climate Protection (CCP), an initiative of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). The ACT Government has achieved four of the five CCP milestones.

(2) CCP is a performance-based program which builds local government capacity to address climate change through the following milestone framework:

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