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In addition, the transitions and careers team in the Education Directorate provide support to Black Mountain and Woden School students when required. Information is also provided to students, parents/carers and teachers about:

Disability Employment Support (DES) providers; assist young people to prepare for, find and keep sustained employment.

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs); provide vocational training for people with disability.

Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) services; provides assisted employment for both the short and long term.

NDIS life skills training.

Pathways planning; assists young people with their transition and career planning.

Environment—bettong release program
(Question No 6)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 16 December 2016:

(1) What is the cost to the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate for the bettong release program in the Lower Cotter catchment and Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary including (a) the rearing of animals at Tidbinbilla, (b) the fence construction and maintenance at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and (c) the two years of fox control in the Lower Cotter.

(2) What are the objectives of the current bettong translocation program including (a) the population being aimed for, (b) over what area and (c) in what time frame.

(3) What planning and management plans are in place to ensure the success of this translocation program.

(4) Has there been a rigorous planning process and assessment executed against the International Union for Conservation of Nature translocation guidelines.

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

(1) (a) $0.095m per annum.

(b) Total construction cost for the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary predator proof fence was approximately $1.3million and was completed in 2009.

Total maintenance cost for the fence is approximately $0.144m per annum.

(c) $0.198m over two years.

(2) The objective of a trial release of Eastern Bettongs into the Lower Cotter Catchment is to establish whether it is feasible to successfully reintroduce Eastern Bettongs outside a fenced reserve within the Lower Cotter catchment.

(a) There is no specific target population size for this trial release because the main objective is garnering information, not establishing a population. If a full reintroduction is considered feasible, the number of animals to be released would

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