Page 3971 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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community garden organisation, who were keen to work with the community to build a community garden and a place where people could come together and support each other. So there have been some changes. The development application will be lodged soon.

MRS JONES: Minister, are there any other sites in Mawson being considered for any public housing development at present?

MS BERRY: Not as far as I am aware.

MR HANSON: Other than through attendance at meetings, in what way are you informing residents of Mawson about the changes that are being made in their suburb as a result of the building of these public housing developments?

MS BERRY: Through the ordinary development application process and, of course, I remind members that the development application consultation process has been extended for all of these sites for additional weeks to ensure that the community can engage as much as possible and for the length of time that we have improved that process for.


MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development. Minister, I understand that families with school-age children who live in the suburbs of Weston and Stirling have been directed to Duffy and Chapman preschools in the 2018 school year if they are looking for eventual school placement at Arawang Primary School. Minister, what does this mean for the future of other preschools in the area such as Weston preschool?

MS BERRY: I am advised that a decision has not been made in line with the question that Mr Wall has asked. The Education Directorate is talking with the community and assessing the enrolment in those areas to ensure that those children’s and those families’ needs are met.

MR WALL: Minister, when will a decision be taken as to the future of the Weston preschool?

MS BERRY: Following conversations with the community.

MRS JONES: Minister, are any other preschools being considered for closure at this time?


Government—carers strategy

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. Can the minister please update the Assembly on how the government is delivering on its commitment to recognise the valuable contribution carers make to the ACT community through the development of an ACT carers strategy.

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