Page 2078 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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MR WALL: Chief Minister, what steps are you taking to improve recordkeeping practices in your directorate and to ascertain the veracity of the claims of the box of missing documents?

MR BARR: I refer the member to my previous answers.

Parks—southern memorial

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services and relates to the apparent lack of funding for the southern memorial park in this year’s budget. What is now the timetable for construction of the southern memorial park?

MS FITZHARRIS: There is further work underway and that work will progress, particularly over the course of the next six months, as will the government’s getting underway the review of the relevant legislation whose specific title I cannot recall.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, can the government ensure there will always be burial facilities in south Canberra, or is a gap now locked in?

MS FITZHARRIS: As Ms Le Couteur is aware, there was a previous commitment by the government to expand the Woden Cemetery which at the time was supported by the Woden Community Council and had been somewhat progressed. In the intervening period a number of members of the community and members in this place have indicated to the government that they wish that previous decision to be reconsidered in light of the government’s significant investments and commitments to the Woden town centre. The government agreed to do that and resolved earlier this year to not proceed with the expansion of Woden but to, instead, focus on further work on the southern memorial park. That work will continue. There is space already allocated at Woden where families, for example, have allotments available to them. They will continue to be available at Woden.

We are very conscious of minimising any gap that may occur in the provision of services on the south side and on the north side as well. Work is well underway, including by the authority, on this matter. I note it was previously supported by the community to expand Woden but then, for a number of reasons, that support was no long forthcoming. The government has responded to that community sentiment.

Budget—childcare funding

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion. Minister, Yurauna has previously received government support through the Community Services Directorate to provide Indigenous students studying at CIT with subsidised child care. Given this service is so crucial to supporting Indigenous students who are trying to further their education and circumstances, why has this relatively small sum of funding ceased?

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