Page 2458 - Week 08 - Thursday, 6 August 2015

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Some of the programs are delivered across all centres. For example, all centres currently deliver the parents as teachers program, known as PAT. PAT is a key initiative in prevention and early intervention responses for vulnerable children and their families. The PAT program is a sustained home visiting and group program that can begin during the prenatal period and continue until the child turns three. Parent educators provide practical information and guidance that supports parents to develop their child’s thinking, curiosity, language, motor and social skills.

Other family programs are developed specifically in response to an identified local need. At Gungahlin Child and Family Centre the Atfaal playgroup has been established for Muslim women and their children. It helps Muslim families with children from birth to five years in Gungahlin and Belconnen to support their child’s development through play, improve access to parenting information and strengthen links to the local community. Services that have attended the playgroup include the women’s health service, maternal and child health and Relationships Australia. Belconnen Community Services currently provide transport to the playgroup.

Another key family program is growing healthy families, which is a community development initiative that focuses on parents’ strengths, health, education, parenting and family support. Currently delivered at west Belconnen and Gungahlin child and family centres, this program provides a range of events, groups and services for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. In 2015 this program will be expanded to include the Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre. (Time expired.)

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

ACT State Emergency Service—Chief Officer

MS BURCH: I want to give a brief update from yesterday. Mrs Jones asked about female participation. My response was that it was around six per cent. In actual fact, across the ESA it is 18.7 per cent female participation. In Fire & Rescue it is 2.5 per cent.

Roads—Horse Park Drive

MR GENTLEMAN: Yesterday during question time Mr Coe and Mrs Jones asked me a number of questions regarding funding and future works on Horse Park Drive. With regard to those questions, I can confirm that most of the work currently proposed for Horse Park Drive will be funded and completed not by my directorate but by the economic development directorate. This includes $17.1 million identified in the 2015-16 budget for the duplication of Horse Park Drive between Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Well Station Drive. This has been appropriated by the economic development directorate and is associated with the Throsby residential development.

As far as work funded by my directorate is concerned, the preliminary design work for Horse Park Drive between Mulligans Flat Road and Gundaroo Drive funded as

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