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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1288..


Bushfires-insurance claims

(Question No 214)

Mrs Burke asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 8 March 2005:

(1) How much money is the ACT Government set to receive from any insurance claim for the lost ACT Housing properties at Pierces Creek;

(2) When will the claim be finalised and money be allocated to the reconstruction of the 12 properties lost in the 2003 bushfire;

(3) When will construction begin on the 12 ACT Housing properties, that according to the National Capital Authority can be rebuilt on the original block and sections at Pierces Creek.

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

(1) Housing ACT received approximately $2.4m under the insurance and indemnity policy with ACTIA as a result of the January 2003 bushfires for the loss of the properties at Pierces Creek

(2) The insurance claim was settled in late January 2004 with payment of the monies under the insurance claim received in February 2004. Those monies were applied to acquiring properties in the urban areas of the city to house those who lost their home in the bushfire.

(3) It is anticipated that the timeframe for completion of Housing ACT properties at Pierce's Creek is during 2006. However, this is dependant on the finalisation of planning processes that are currently underway between the ACT and Commonwealth governments and approvals from the National Capital Authority and the ACT Planning and Land Authority.

Once the planning approvals are completed, a tender process for the Pierce's Creek redevelopment will be finalised.

Therapy ACT

(Question No 217)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 8 March 2005:

What is the timeframe for the refurbishment of facilities at Therapy ACT in Holder.

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

In 2004 the Therapy ACT Holder building had:

The roof retiled, insulated and repaired;

New guttering and down pipes on the roof area;

Security screens installed in many areas; and

Walls and screens built and installed to improve security.

All these works have been completed.


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