Page 1146 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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Some examples from the 2015-16 program include the Geological Society of Australia’s project to restore public amenity at the heritage-listed Woolshed Creek fossil site. The project involves landscaping, restoring fencing and improving signage, and complements the works undertaken by Roads ACT to construct a pathway for public access. There is the Village of Hall and District Progress Association’s project to conserve historian Lyall Gillespie’s collection, which consists of several thousand items, including research papers, books, photos, Aboriginal artefacts, artwork, index cards et cetera. The transfer of this collection, which is possibly the largest private collection of Aboriginal objects in the ACT, represents a significant opportunity to adequately record, assess and manage it.

There is also the Capital Woodland and Wetlands Conservation Trust’s project for the interpretation of and education about the 1916 Trench Warfare and Bombing School. The use of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands nature reserve as a trench and warfare bombing school, constructed in March 1916, is a little-known story in Canberra’s history.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—staff training

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion. Minister, the Human Rights Commission’s 2011 audit of Bimberi identified lack of staff training as one area of concern. Given this report, why would staff at Bimberi now need to ask for additional training in the use of force?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I probably should have clarified in answer to the first question that I received about Bimberi that I am taking all of these questions in my capacity as Minister for Disability, Children and Youth.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am glad you clarified that.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Thank you, Mr Milligan, for your question. Obviously there is a level of staff turnover at Bimberi, as there is in any other service or any other part of the public service. Training is an ongoing matter. Some training that was required in 2011 may continue to be required in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

MR MILLIGAN: Why has it taken 10 months from the time of a serious alleged assault for this important training to be conducted?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I will check the details of this for Mr Milligan, but I do not think it has taken 10 months. There was a very quick response to that particular incident on 6 May last year and training has been in place or has been implemented since then.

MRS KIKKERT: How frequently is training in the use of force conducted for Bimberi staff?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mrs Kikkert for her supplementary question. Training in the use of force, as with training in all parts of the essential roles for Bimberi staff, is an ongoing matter, but I will take the detail of the question on notice.

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