Page 2079 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 6 June 2018
MADAM SPEAKER: I call the Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion.
MS BERRY: Madam Speaker, if it is with regard to the early childhood centre—
MADAM SPEAKER: You are taking the question?
MS BERRY: I will take the question in that respect. The Education Directorate has been working very closely with the early childhood centre, with Northside Community Service, to ensure that that provision remains possible for people who are studying at Yurauna. We will continue to work closely with them to make sure that they continue to be supported.
MR MILLIGAN: Minister, will there be alternative childcare support options provided to Indigenous students attending Yurauna?
MS BERRY: There are already options available at Yurauna.
MRS KIKKERT: Minister, did the Education Directorate consult with other agencies prior to seizing this funding, given the intersectional nature of the service with child protection, corrections, health and higher education?
MS BERRY: I thank Mrs Kikkert for the supplementary. The funding to the Yurauna Centre is not from the Education Directorate but for the actual childcare facility. The Education Directorate is working closely with the facility to ensure that support continues to be available for people who are attending training courses at the Yurauna Centre.
MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, how is the ACT government growing services for our growing city through the 2018 budget?
MR BARR: I thank Ms Cheyne for the question. We are providing a significant boost to the services that Canberrans rely on through the 2018 budget, through more and better schools, new facilities in Molonglo and 500 more places for students at four local Gungahlin schools. We are very pleased that we can strengthen front-line care in our hospitals, with more resources for our emergency department, 4,000 more elective surgeries and the expansion of the hospital in the home program.
We are focused on making commuting quicker, with better transport infrastructure, including funding to progress the next stage of the light rail project, the duplication of William Slim Drive and a significant number of investments to improve walking and cycling connections in and around our town centres in Tuggeranong, in Woden and in Belconnen, We are boosting our investment in services for our city and suburbs. There will be more mowing, weeding and the upgrading of playgrounds. We will be planting more trees and there are more rangers funded for better animal management. We are keeping Canberrans safe by recruiting more first responders for our police and