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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 2254..

MBA awards 2007-08= $5,500 - 2008-09 = $4,950

All costs associated with Housing ACT promotional activities are costed to Housing ACT. There were no activities undertaken by the Minister's office.

(3) See answer to question (1)

(4) To enhance the positive perception of public housing tenants and to counter negative perceptions, perpetrated by the Opposition.

Tenant related activities including the Tenant of the Month/Year award and the annual Gardening Competition events are advertised and "promoted"by the provision of media alerts and media releases through the Minister for Housing's Office. Information regarding these events is also publicised in the departmental insert in the Chronicle newspaper.

The Tenant of the Month/Year awards recognises the diversity and community spirit of the ACT's public housing tenants. A morning or afternoon tea is attended by the Minister or his representative in the tenant's home. An event is held in the Legislative Assembly in December each year to present the award of the Tenant of the Year from the 12 monthly candidates.

The annual Gardening competition recognises and rewards the hard work of public housing tenants who develop and care for their gardens. The winner is announced at the Tenant of the Year event in the Legislative Assembly.

Tenant Initiated Grants Program - funds public housing individuals and resident groups to conduct community development activities and projects.

Public Housing reforms - It is not possible without considerable effort and cost to separately identify these costs from the total costs of advertising for Housing ACT events and activities.

(5) The budget for tenant related activities including those associated with Tenant of the Month/Year and the Gardening competition was $20,000 pa in 2007-08 and $15,000 pa to 31 March 2009.

The Housing ACT budget for Sponsorship/Promotion:

2007-08 = $41,000

2008-09 = $43,000

Minister's Office = Nil

All costs associated with Housing ACT promotional activities are costed to Housing ACT.

ACT public service—promotional activities

(Question No 195)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 2 April 2009:

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