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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991

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Parliamentary Record 3


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Wednesday 1 May 1991 year in terms of moving education personnel into schools to fill up some of the empty space instead of lining the pockets of private entrepreneurs who own office space around the town. Mr Stone: They will be glad to hear you say that. You want to support the private sector, don't you? Mr BAILEY: Why was that money wasted last year? If the government owns buildings, the government should use them. Why should you waste government money simply to support the private ... Mr Stone: Do you want us to walk away from new leases? Mr BAILEY: Recently, you have renewed private leases when you had the opportunity to use vacant space in Education Department schools? Mr Stone: Examples. Come on, give us an example. Mr BAILEY: Last year, Tiwi Primary School was all set to hand over 2 major teaching areas to the student services section. I believe that Millner Primary School was also organising to hand over school space to personnel of the Department of Education. At the last minute, after money had been spent on drawing up plans and contracts, nothing happened. Money was wasted. Those departmental personnel could easily have moved into those schools. It would have been quite appropriate and the students and families in those areas would still have a local community school offering quality education services without any money being wasted. There is no proof that the minister's proposals will save any money. Who will maintain the grounds of the closed schools? The minister said that his department will do it, but it will not spend any money. Someone will have to spend some money. The buildings will deteriorate. The minister has said that they will not be bulldozed. Someone will have to maintain them somehow. Mr Stone: We will put them to community use. Mr BAILEY: How will community groups look after those facilities? Most of them are largely reliant on government funding. I am aware that my time is running out and I would like to comment on a few other effects of closing a local school. Tiwi Primary School includes a unit for the visually impaired. It not only services all of the Territory, but specifically it services the needs of visually-impaired children at the school. Most of those students live either in Tiwi or around the northern suburbs and, in some cases, parents have actually made a decision to move closer to the school. They will now be told that, somehow or other, they will have to get their children to Stuart Park. The Daisy Yarmirr Hostel is also located in Tiwi. It exists primarily to meet the needs of Aboriginal people from remote communities who come to Darwin when a member of their family or community has to spend an extended period in the Royal Darwin Hospital. Up to 20 children who stay at Daisy Yarmirr Hostel with their parents each year attend Tiwi Primary School for periods of about 10 weeks. One of the reasons why the hostel was located there was that there was a school close by. A number of families have been located in Tiwi by the Housing Commission because they have priority listings for proximity to the hospital. This is 831

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