ACT Government Consultation Report: Working with Vulnerable People Checks

The ACT Government sought community comment on a proposed background checking system for people working with vulnerable people in the ACT. The closing date for submissions was 12 October 2009. The paper, A Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Checking System for the ACT, is the first step towards the ACT Government’s commitment to reducing the risk of sexual, physical, emotional or financial harm or neglect of vulnerable people, through the establishment of mandatory minimum background checking standards. There is currently no consistent process for background checking in the ACT.

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Australian Early Development Index – Public Results Meetings (15 February & 1 March 2010)

The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) is a national measure of how children are developing in communities at school entry. All ACT kindergarten children were surveyed in 2009 through a teacher completed checklist. Results for communities across Australia are available on the AEDI website. Meetings to share the North Canberra AEDI results with the northside community will be held at Northside Community Services, Rosevaar Place, Dickson on the following dates and times: Monday 15 February 2010 (9.00 to 10.30 am) Monday 1 March 2010 (7.00 to 8.30 pm) All community members interested in children’s development are welcome.

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Make Poverty History: Road Trip / Youth Conference 8-14 May 2010

Make Poverty History is on a national search for young leaders passionate about making a difference. This May over 1000 people aged 16-26 will take to the road to MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY. Leaving from every capital city these ambassadors for global change will travel across the country, journeying throughout over 100 different cities and towns. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/7516187]

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Legislative Assembly: Discussion Paper to Seek Feedback on Higher Density Residential Development Policies

Today the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services released a Discussion Paper on existing residential redevelopment policies in inner north Canberra. The Discussion Paper aims to inform submissions to the Committee’s current inquiry into RZ3 (Urban) and RZ4 (Medium Density) residential redevelopment policies. Discussion Paper is available at (and reproduced at the bottom of this article): http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/committees/index1.asp?committee=113&inquiry=823&category=19 The Committee invites interested parties to make a submission on any of the issues raised in the discussion paper or any other issue they consider relevant to the terms of reference of this inquiry.

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Canberra Times: Preschool queries funds decision

Given that the school year has commenced, the NCCC thinks that it is appropriate to bring to the communities attention that the following article was published in the Canberra Times December 13 2009. A North Canberra district community based preschool has hit out at ACT Education Minister Andrew Barr for funding a new Catholic preschool over existing community preschools. The article has been reproduced below:

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FoMM: February 2010 Newsletter

Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM) is a Park Care Group, working in the Mount Majura section of Canberra Nature Park. Some of their activities include:  Monthly weeding parties: removing non-native species by hand, Re-seeding and re-planting: giving local plant species a head start and Conducting walks and talks: sharing our enjoyment of the Nature Park. The February 2010 edition of the Freinds of Mount Majura Newsletter is now available. This edition covers: News from the mountain: of noisy eucalypts, rabbits and survivors Working bee old Ainslie tip – Sunday 7 February FoMM meeting to plan 2010 activities – Sunday 14

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Community forums on ACT tree management and urban forest renewal (11 & 15 February 2010)

Community members are invited to take part in the Investigation into the Government’s tree management practices and the renewal of Canberra’s urban forest by attending a community forum with the Commissioner to discuss issues of tree management in the ACT on: 6-8.30pm, Thursday 11th February 2010 at Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie; or 6-8.30pm, Monday 15th February 2010 in the Bradman Room at Manuka Oval, Canberra Ave, Manuka.

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Have your say on Canberra’s energy future (9 & 16 February 2010)

The ACT Government has recently launched two major discussion papers in the energy sector – the proposal to expand the electricity Feed-In Tariff Scheme and the Draft Sustainable Energy Policy 2010-2020. The Feed-In Tariff discussion paper deals with a possible expansion to include installations beyond the existing capacity limit of 30kW. The draft energy policy sets out a proposed framework for reducing the ACT’s reliance on fossil-fuel powered electricity while making Canberra’s energy supply more secure and sustainable. You are invited to attend the public information sessions to be held on Tuesday 9 February, 7:00pm at the Canberra Southern Cross

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