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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Ministerial response

The Clerk: The following response to a petition has been lodged by a minister:

By Mr Barr, Minister for Education and Training, dated 17 October 2011, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Doszpot on 29 September 2011 concerning proposed relocation of the early intervention unit from the Waramanga preschool campus.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

In 2008 with the amalgamation of preschools with the local primary schools both Weston Preschool and Waramanga Preschool came under the governance umbrella of Arawang Primary School. All preschool students in the Weston and Waramanga campuses are enrolled at Arawang Primary School.

On 5 September 2011, the Arawang School Board ratified the decision to relocate the Early Intervention Unit to the Weston Preschool campus and transfer the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Weston preschool class to the Waramanga campus. The decision was in response to evidence from the Australian Early Development Index study and to improve the student transitions process into kindergarten.

A public meeting was held at Arawang Primary School on Wednesday 21 September 2011 to allow parents and community members to express their view on the School Board decision of 5 September 2011. Following the meeting the Arawang Primary School Board announced that the decision to relocate classes would be upheld but would delay implementation of the decision until 2013.

In 2012, Arawang Primary School will continue to run five mainstream preschool classes; two at the Weston campus and three at the Waramanga campus. The Early Intervention Unit for students with special learning needs will also remain at the Waramanga campus.

Government office building

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (10.02): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the ACT Labor Government’s plan to spend $432 million on the Government Office Block in the city;

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