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(1) There were 600 people in Crace as at June 2011 and it is predicted that there will be 5000 people in Crace when the suburb is completed.

(2) There are no bus services in Crace at this time. Services to Crace will commence with the implementation of Network 12 in May 2012 when the route 58 is diverted into the suburb.

(3) No.

(Question No 2021)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2012:

(1) Can the Minister advise how many youth centres will be open for drop in sessions in the ACT for young people to use during 2012.

(2) Can the Minister provide statistics on the numbers of young people accessing the drop in and informal activities during the 2011 calendar year at (a) Communities@Work Tuggeranong Youth Centre, (b) Communities@work Weston Creek Youth Centre, (c) Gugan Gulwan Aboriginal Centre, (d) Gungahlin Youth Services, (e) U-Turn Youth Services Belconnen, (f) Youth in the City – Club 12/25 and (g) YWCA – Mura Lanyon Youth Centre.

(3) Can the Minister provide statistics on what types of services young people accessed while using the youth centres, for example (a) advocacy, (b) case management, (c) emergency relief, (d) food, free meals, (e) individual support, (f) information, (g) outreach support, (h) peer education, (i) recreational activities, (j) referrals, (k) structured programs, (l) support to access accommodation, (m) support to access education/ training, (n) Road Ready courses, (o) transport, (p) school holiday programs and (q) workshops.

(4) Can the Minister provide, in each of the regions, information on the alternatives available to young people in the ACT that provide a drop in space and support if requested.

(5) What services will be available to young people seeking informal support, assistance and referral.

(6) What youth engagement strategies have been put in place to assist young people who are experiencing barriers with accessing mainstream support services in the ACT.

(7) What free and low-cost recreational services will be offered to young people in the ACT who are experiencing disadvantage and cannot afford to participate in mainstream recreational activities.

(8) What initiatives have been created to include more disadvantaged young people into mainstream recreational activities.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

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