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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 1 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 151..


Housing—vulnerable residents

(Question No 1462)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Housing, on 14 December 2006:

(1) What emergency procedures are in place in multi unit properties to ensure that if a fire or an incident that requires evacuation occurs, frail and vulnerable residents will know where to go and who will look after them;

(2) What access do residents of these properties have to waste recycling and what plans are in place to ensure that access is widened.

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

(1) A fire safety guide was prepared by Housing ACT two years ago and distributed to all tenants. It is provided to all new tenants when they sign their tenancy agreement. Tenants also received a copy of Emergencies and the National Capital - A Residents

Guide, which was distributed to all ACT residents by Emergency Services Agency. Both publications have details on developing a home emergency plan.

The Department of Disability Housing and Community Services has held discussions with ACT Fire Brigade to develop a model for increasing the awareness of Housing ACT tenants in multi-unit complexes on fire safety and emergency preparedness, including evacuation.

(2) Multi unit developments have a standard allocation of recycling capacity based on the number of units in each property. Depending on the property size either 240 litre wheelie bins or larger 1000 litre hoppers are used for recycling. Unit complexes have a bin storage area where all garbage and recycling receptacles are located for use by residents. The ACT's Garbage and Recycling Contractor services the bins from the storage compound.

The Wheeled Bin Assistance Program (for ill or elderly persons) provided to households, townhouses and a limited number of units (where a single dwelling has been allocated a set of 240litre/140litre bins) involves the contractor entering the property and servicing the bin without the resident needing to present their bin to the kerbside or compound for collection. This service is not applicable to most multi unit complexes on the basis that the contractor already collects the bins from within the property and many unit complexes (particularly high rise) cannot accommodate the provision of a set of bins for an individual unit due to space limitations.

Schools—closures

(Question No 1463)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, on 14 December 2006:

(1) In relation to the potential closure or amalgamation of the (a) Causeway Preschool, (b) Chifley Preschool, (c) Cook Primary School, (d) Cook Preschool, (e) Curtin South Preschool, (f) Dickson College, (g) Flynn Primary School, (h) Flynn Preschool, (i) Gilmore Primary School, (j) Gilmore Preschool, (k) Giralang Primary School, (l) Giralang Preschool, (m) Hackett Preschool, (n) Hall Primary School, (o) Hall Preschool, (p) Higgins Primary School, (q) Higgins Preschool, (r) Holt Primary School, (s) Holt


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