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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1074..

Housing-lead-based paint

(Question No 35)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to lead-based paint in ACT Housing properties:

(1) What is the current policy for accommodation affected by lead-based paint in the following types of accommodation:

(a) Flats;

(b) houses;

(c) aged persons units;

(d) townhouses; and

(e) other.

(2) What is the breakdown of the above accommodation affected by lead-based paint in:

(a) North Canberra;

(b) Belconnen;

(c) Weston;

(d) Woden;

(e) Tuggeranong;

(f) Oaks Estate; and

(g) Gungahlin

(3) How much of the above accommodation affected by lead based paint is:

(a) currently occupied; and

(b) currently vacant.

(4) If vacant, for how long has it been vacant.

(5) What was the total budget allocation for maintenance of accommodation affected by lead-based paint for:

(a) 1999;

(b) 2000;

(c) 2001; and

(d) 2002

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

(1) The current policy on lead-based paint is that properties with young children as residents are the highest priority for remedial action but that any tenanted property with lead-based paint should have the necessary remedial action undertaken when repainting is required. All work is undertaken within Australian Standards and within the attached protocol.

The bulk of ACT Housing properties affected by lead-based paint are in the inner North and inner South of Canberra as sale of lead based paint became illegal in 1970, but there are some rural properties and some in the Woden and Weston Creek area.

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