Page 607 - Week 02 - Thursday, 22 February 2018

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MR GENTLEMAN: The quote that Mr Wall provides is a question I put to the Assembly in general terms. It was not an assurance that I will not meet with members of the community.

Mr Wall: Refer to Hansard, mate. Sit down before you make yourself—

MR GENTLEMAN: Mr Wall interjects again.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wall, you have been asked. You have been forewarned about being warned. You are now warned.

MR HANSON: Minister, will you now commit to visiting the employees at Raiders Weston Club and Aldi?

MR GENTLEMAN: As I said to Mr Hanson in reply to his question the other day, I have not received a request to meet with those employees.

Community sector—government support

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion. Minister, how does the community support and infrastructure grants program support the ACT community sector to become more effective and efficient in service delivery to assist more Canberrans?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Orr for her question. This government works in partnership with our community organisations and community sector to provide a range of services and programs to support all Canberrans to reach their full potential. The recently opened community support and infrastructure grants program supports community organisations to deliver their programs and services for the benefit of members of the ACT community.

In 2018 the ACT government has made a total of $230,000 available to support Canberra’s community sector through this program. Organisations can apply for funding under one of the following categories: community support and capacity building; non-fixed infrastructure and equipment; and minor capital works and fixed infrastructure.

Funds may be used for a variety of purposes, all aimed at allowing these organisations to operate more efficiently and effectively, and so support Canberrans better. This can include administrative improvements, such as enabling shared service models to reduce operational burdens on organisations, allow for innovation in administration and better focus on serving clients, as well as providing for training in business and organisational planning to underpin better processes and planning inside an organisation.

Funds also may support the purchase of equipment, including furniture and storage, work safety equipment, and equipment such as cooking equipment for community rooms or kitchens. These sorts of small purchases can make a big difference to a

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