Page 1558 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 4 May 2016

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needs and priorities, for example, play groups, parenting programs, health services and housing.

Staff are delivering intake, referral, linkages and assessment services, which are often key steps in determining if children are eligible for the NDIS. Children eligible for the NDIS who need support will be provided with a funding package which will enable therapy services to be purchased from the non-government sector. In addition to speech pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, physiotherapists, school psychologists and early childhood teachers, the service also works closely with the child and health medical officers and community paediatricians who are also located at the Holder centre.

Importantly, the Child Development Service has been developed in line with the human services blueprint principles. As a blueprint better service, it is child-centred, family-focused and aligns with one of the ACT government’s priorities to provide an efficient and seamless human services system. It is a system where families only need to tell their story once because the collaborating professionals within the service share information. It ensures that services are better matched to individual needs so that families get the right service for them at the right time.

Tuggeranong Community Council

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo—Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, Minister for Transport and Municipal Services and Assistant Minister for Health) (6.25): I rise this afternoon to thank the Tuggeranong Community Council for having me at their meeting last night to speak about transport Canberra and a few other local issues with their members. Despite it being federal budget night, there was a great turnout of members and residents at the meeting, including you, Madam Assistant Speaker. It was great to meet the executive who are all obviously very passionate about Tuggeranong and very positive about the future of our southern-most town centre.

I would like to thank the president, Glenys Putulny, first vice president Wayne King, second vice president Beverley Flint, treasurer Max Flint, secretary Paul Nicholl and the other officers for their very kind and warm welcome. It was also great to meet other residents, including Annalyse Betts, a student at Lake Tuggeranong College, who is now chairing the Tuggeranong Community Council’s first ever youth subcommittee. Annalyse is working with the TCC to come up with some ideas for young people in the region; so it was great to get a sense of some of the issues that are relevant to her and her peers as well.

At the meeting I had an opportunity to talk about transport Canberra and I officially launched our public transport survey, which is now online at My presentation looked at what our new transport agency, transport Canberra, will do from 1 July and how we are integrating our public transport system, giving people more choices and making public transport more efficient, reliable, convenient and affordable.

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