Page 417 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 18 February 2020

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The midyear review also provides funding for three staff until June 2021 to support the progression of the A step up for our kids out of home care strategy. The team will lead a program of research and codesign to develop an updated framework for out of home care from 2021. This work will be aligned with the recommendations of the Our Booris, Our Way review.

The new investment in family group conferencing and functional family therapy I mentioned earlier build on our foundational investments in the therapeutic system introduced by A step up for our kids. Under the strategy, we invested for the first time in prevention and restoration services for families and ensured that there was advocacy and engagement support for birth families, for carers and for children and young people.

We are, for the first time in many years, seeing a stabilisation in the number of young people in out of home care. That is something that we should welcome. I look forward to providing the Assembly with further updates as this work progresses.

Municipal services—fix my street

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for City Services. Minister, I am advised that the Tuggeranong United Football Club logged a fix my street request several times from November 2018 to rectify faded, and very important, line markings at the Wanniassa 2 playing fields car park. On 22 August last year a club member emailed you on this matter. On 24 October you advised the club that this task would be completed by the end of November. Last week another club member wrote to you highlighting the lack of action on this matter. The club is particularly concerned because the absence of markings impedes the ability of players with disabilities to participate in rounds of games specifically staged for them.

Minister, what was the basis for your false assurance that these important line markings would be rectified by the end of last November?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. I am happy to follow up and make sure that line marking is completed in relation to the assurances that we provided in the letter.

MR PARTON: Minister, how seriously do you take your responsibilities when you give assurances of this nature?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. I am sure that at the time that I wrote, Transport Canberra and City Services was acting on advice that they had at that time. Things change. We have had some very significant storm events in recent times which, I have advised members, have resulted in an extra workload on Transport Canberra and City Services. I will find out what has happened in relation to this specific case and make sure that it is actioned as soon as it can be.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, will you apologise to the Tuggeranong Football Club for failing to deliver on your assurances?

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