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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2977..

Older persons units

(Question No 386)

Mr Wood asked the Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to the 1998 Government commitment to supply 200 older persons units over a period of three years, how is that commitment being met.

Mr Moore: The answer to the member's question is:

The Government has fulfilled its 1998 commitment to supply 200 units of older persons accommodation (OPAs) over the three years to 2000-01. Of this commitment, 30 were acquired (built or purchased) in 1998-99; a further 112 were acquired in 1999-2000; and the balance was acquired in 2000-2001.

The opening of the 200th OPA was celebrated on 28 June 2001.

Recently, the Government also announced that 200 units of accessible housing would be provided over the next three years. This housing would be able to meet the needs of older persons as well as other special needs groups.

The provision of housing suitable for older persons is an important element of the Government's strategy to restructure the public housing stock, to better match housing stock to the needs of tenants and applicants and to improve the general standard of accommodation across the portfolio.

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