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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 15 Hansard (15 December) . . Page.. 4995..


Currong Apartments

(Question No 763)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 16 November 2005:

(1) Will Housing ACT provide support to Havelock Housing Association Inc to continue to administer accommodation services at Currong Apartments; if not, why not; if so, how much funding will be allocated to assist Havelock Housing Association Inc and for how long will students be allowed to reside at Currong Apartments;

(2) Are there any other organisations receiving financial support from the ACT Government to support students with accommodation services at Currong Apartments.

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

(1) The Government has made available, funding of $87,900 to manage the short-term student accommodation at Currong Apartments in the 2006 academic year.

Housing ACT is currently completing a procurement process to establish a Service Provider to manage that program.

The decision to provide support to Havelock Housing Association is dependant on the outcome of that procurement process.

(2) The Association for Post Secondary Student Accommodation is managing a further 30 tenancies at Currong Apartments, resourced through the Community Organisations Rental Housing Assistance Program (CORHAP).

Disability ACT-risk management

(Question No 764)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 16 November 2005:

(1) What Risk Management Procedures (RMP) are in place within Disability ACT (DACT) that would be initiated in the event of an incident involving the failure of any form of essential equipment provided by DACT to one of its clients;

(2) How is the RMP then implemented to prevent a life-threatening situation;

(3) Have there been any such incidences during (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005 to date; if so, (i) what were they and (ii) what were the specific circumstances surrounding such incidences.

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

(1) Essential equipment can be interpreted in two ways:

  • Life saving/supporting. eg ventilators; and
  • Life sustaining. eg mechanical lifters and tube feeding pumps.


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