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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 940..


Housing-crisis situations

(Question No 104)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

What are the protocols within the Department of Disability, Housing and Community

Services (a) that assist staff dealing with crisis situations faced by tenants and (b) for dealing with hostile tenants.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Housing ACT has an Occupational Violence and Aggressive Behaviour Policy and Procedure. The Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services also offers all its staff access to an Employee Assistance Program and conducts formal debriefings by professional counsellors, after a critical incident.

Housing-assistance

(Question No 105)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

What is the current role of public housing in the ACT and who qualifies for assistance.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The information is available on the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services website at www.dhcs.act.gov.au/housing and community services/services/public housing.

Development-Red Hill

(Question No 106)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

Are there future plans to refurbish or redevelop the Housing ACT properties located within Block 1, Section 25 and Block 1, Section 26, Red Hill; if so, what are those plans.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Four years ago a master planning exercise was undertaken by consultants for Housing ACT. This process involved extensive consultation with public housing tenants, the Red Hill community and the Local Area Planning Advisory Committee.

Consistent with the Public Housing Asset Management Strategy, opportunities will continue to be explored to address issues associated with the Red Hill properties including the age of the properties, their maintenance requirements and the concentration of public housing


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