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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3986..


During 2003-04, a total of $984,000 was spent ($681,000 on refurbishment) ($303,000 and fire safety works).

Tenders to refurbish the remainder of the complex and carry out associated fire safety works were received in June 2004 and are expected to be let this month with the works to be progressively completed (block by block) over the balance of the 2004-05 financial year.

(3) (a)

Fraser Court's refurbishment process commenced with the engagement of design consultants to carry out a comprehensive building audit in August 2002.

Northbourne Flats Braddon's refurbishment process commenced with an assessment of units in August 2002. Design documentation commenced in May 2003, but work was later put on hold while the issue of security screen doors and fire safety was resolved.

(b)

Works will not commence at Fraser Court until a revised approach to the revitalisation of Fraser Court has been developed and agreed with the tenants. Once this is resolved, construction work would be expected to span a period of between 18 and 24 months, depending on the agreed scope and nature of the works.

For Northbourne Flats Braddon all work is expected to be completed this financial year (2004-05).

(4) Major refurbishments of multi-unit complexes usually require tenants to vacate the buildings where the work is being carried out. Tenants are offered alternative accommodation for the period where their building is being refurbished with relocation costs being met by the Department.

The general approach is to refurbish block by block which may allow tenants to relocate temporarily to elsewhere on site. Where this is not possible, other accommodation is arranged in a convenient location.

To assist in the management of the relocations, where a refurbishment is imminent, those units which become vacant are retained for use for temporary relocations and where the tenants are in agreement they are offered a once only move.

Housing-smoke detectors

(Question No 1713)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 1 July 2004:

(1) With regard to the Fire Protection Appropriation in 2002-03 for fire protection upgrades in multi-unit housing complexes, how much of this money has been spent;

(2) In relation to part (1), what was the money spent on and if not totally spent how much is left over;

(3) With regard to part (2) if money is left over where are these funds now and have they been allocated elsewhere;


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