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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4007..


Housing ACT—joint ventures

(Question No 516)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

(1) Further to the response to question on notice No. 430, what were the recommendations that were due in July 2005, if tenders were being assessed by a tender evaluation panel in relation to potential Joint Venture Partners;

(2) When will Housing ACT, based on the recommendations, engage in a joint venture with the approved tenders to commence work on (a) former Burnie Court site, Lyons, (b) Fraser Court, Kingston and (c) Currong Apartments, Braddon.

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

(1) The recommendations of the tender evaluation panel were to identify which joint venture proposals are acceptable to the Territory and Joint Venture Partners.

(2) The recommendations of the Tender Evaluation panel have been agreed by the delegate and negotiations with the preferred tenderers have commenced.

Housing—crisis accommodation

(Question No 518)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

Further to the response to question on notice No 451, does this response indicate that the Government does not see a need to increase overnight accommodation for those needing crisis accommodation beyond the five organisations listed in the previous response.

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

I refer to the response to question on notice 451 which identified supported accommodation provided in the ACT's five purpose-built crisis accommodation facilities.

In addition to these services, the ACT Government allocated $13.37 million in 2003-04 to enhance the ACT's response to homelessness. Additional crisis accommodation services were established through these initiatives:

  • Men's Accommodation Support Service (MASS) which provides accommodation for 20 single men (provided by Canberra Mens Centre);
  • Canberra Emergency Accommodations Service (CEAS) to provide crisis accommodation for couples;
  • Raja which provides crisis accommodation for 12 families in the Gungahlin and Belconnen regions; and
  • The YWCA's Families Experiencing Accommodation Transition in Tuggeranong (FEATT) which provides crisis accommodation for six families in Tuggeranong.


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