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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4081..

Housing—indigenous boarding house

(Question No 674)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 22 September 2005:

(1) Given that the total amount of $3.2 million has been earmarked by the ACT Government for the provision of the Indigenous Boarding House, has a site been allocated for the facility;

(2) What plans have been drawn up for the facility and what organisations or groups have been consulted in relation to design, usability and Indigenous cultural issues;

(3) When will construction of the Indigenous Boarding House commence.

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

(1) As yet, a site has not been identified for the Boarding House.

(2) The Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services engaged Jalinari Associates to consult with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to determine the service model for the hostel and other issues which will inform design specifications for the facility. The following groups participated in this consultation:

  • Billabong Aboriginal Corporation
  • Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
  • Ghibba Gunya

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services Regional Office (Queanbeyan)
  • Yinar Winangali (the Koori Women's Network)

  • Boomanulla Sport and Recreation Association
  • Dyirimal Migay (Supported Accommodation Service for Young Women)

  • Canberra Institute of Technology - Yuruana Centre
  • Australian National University - Jabal Centre
  • The Canberra Hospital

  • Gerib Sik Torres Strait Islander Dance Group
  • Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation

  • Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • Department of Family and Community Services

  • Ngunnawal Community Development Employment Program

  • Canberra Men's Centre
  • YWCA
  • Inanna Inc

  • Chief Minister's Indigenous Consultative Council
  • Aboriginal Hostels Ltd

  • United Ngunnawal Elders Council

  • Youth Coalition of the ACT
  • Coalition of Community Housing Organisations of the ACT (CCHOACT)
  • Beryl Women's Refuge

  • Indigenous Working Group - ACT COAG Trial
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Homelessness working group

  • Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services

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