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Tuesday, 14 October 1975
Page: 2093

Mr Ruddock asked the Minister for Urban and Regional Development, upon notice:

(1)   How many community advisers are attached to his Department and other bodies which are funded by the Department.

(2)   Who are they.

(3)   What are their duties.

(4)   In what districts are they to operate.

(5)   What are their respective salaries.

(6)   What are their respective qualifying experiences, and who were their previous employers.

Mr Uren - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Department employs two Community Relations Officers and one Community Development Officer attached to the Glebe Project.

(2)   The Community Relations Officers are Mr Harry Stein and Mr David Bornstein the Community Development Officer is Ms Nita McCrae.

(3)   The duties for the Community Relations Officers are as follows:

Under broad direction undertake field work in areas where the Department is engaged in studies and projects including: explanation of departmental policies on urban issues at local, regional and State level utilising all possible opportunities; detection, analysis and reporting of movemem of opinion and attitudes on urban, regional and community issues. Undertake special short-term assignments where issues require local investigation and transmission of the departmental viewpoint, and act as the main departmental link with corresponding officers in Development Corporations.

The duties for the Community Development Officer are as follows:

As a member of a small project team, assist in developing methods whereby Glebe Estate residents can effectively participate in the development of the Glebe Project, be responsible for liaison between the project staff and the community, assist residents with particular problems and needs, stimulate the formulation of ideas and methods for implementing specific objectives and assist in carrying out studies on the social and environmental aspects of the estate.

(4)   Mr Steinis based in Sydney and operates throughout New South Wales,

Mr Bornsteinis based in Melbourne and operates throughout Victoria and Tasmania,

Ms McCraeis based in Glebe, New South Wales and operates in the Glebe Estate.

(5)   Messrs Stein and Bornstein are employed as Senior Executive Officers (Class 9) in the Third Division of the Public Service and as such receive annual salaries of $ 1 4,653.

Ms McCraeis employed as a Clerk (Class 7) in the Third Division of the Public Service and as such receives an annual salary of$12,158.

(6)   -

(   1 ) Mr Stein has had an extensive background in relations work, had his own public relations and publishing business and long experience in journalism. He has extensive working experience with Government, Australian and State Departments, Local Government Authorities and Associations, the media, community groups and voluntary organisations. Prior to his appointment Mr Stein was employed as a temporary Journalist Grade Al by the Department.

(   b) Mr Bornstein has had considerable experience in the fields of health and social welfare research and policy as well as a close involvement with various projects and studies concerned with social, economic and physical dislocation. These have included close liaison with Australian, State and local government authorities and voluntary welfare organisations and community groups. He worked as a journalist for 6 years with provincial newspapers in Victoria and Queensland and 5 years with a leading Melbourne daily newspaper. Prior to his appointment Mr Bornstein was for 414 years State MLA for Brunswick East in Victoria.

(c)   Ms McCraewas for many years prior to her appointment and for the past five years in particular, very active in the role of a voluntary community development worker in the Inner City of Sydney. She had considerable experience working with government officials and professionals in all her work, particularly in planning matters. She set up the local committee in her areas under the Australian Assistance Plan and was closely involved in organising the Inner City Regional Council of Social Development in Sydney. She was given excellent references by academics and professionals in the fields of Sociology, town planning and community work.

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