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.
Today (10 December 2009) the chair of the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services, tabled the Committee’s interim report into Live Community Events, looking at issues around the co-location of residential developments and live event venues.
Deputy Chair of the North Canberra Community Council, Richard Larson attened a recent forum hosted by the ACT Conservation Council on 22 October 2009. The topic under discussion at this forum was “A Conservation Vision for the ACT’s Northen Rim”. Richard has provided notes from this forum and advises that of interest to all northsiders were the talks on Mulligans Flat and a proposal for a second (northern) national park for the ACT which could also include the reserves on Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie. The notes taken have been reproduced below:
The following is a summary of the Chair’s report from the Hackett Community Association’s Annual General Meeting that was held on 22 September 2009:
On 21 October Russell Yell of Cardno, Eppell, Olsen gave a presentation to the North Canberra Community Council (NCCC) on a review being undertaken on ACT cycling and pedestrian networks. The review of Canberra’s commuter bicycle network is part of the Sustainable Transport Action Plan. One of the main priorities of this review is to ensure there is an equal emphasis on the needs of commuter cyclists, recreational cyclists and pedestrians, including visually and mobility impaired people.
The Select Committee on Estimates 2009-2010 completed its inquiry into the Appropriation Bill 2009-2010 and tabled a report (in 3 volumes) in the Legislative Assembly today (16 June 2009). The report can be assessed via the following weblink: http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/committees/index1.asp?committee=122&inquiry=774&category=19