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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3321..

Questions without notice taken on notice

Housing—energy efficiency—Thursday, 24 June 2010

MS BURCH (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Bresnan): Public housing is primarily targeted to those most in need including individuals and households on low incomes. Public housing tenants enjoy the benefit of the rental rebate system whereby tenants pay no more than 25% of their assessable household income in rent. Nevertheless, some public housing tenants experience financial difficulty and are unable to meet regular expenses.

The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and before it, the former Essential Services Review Council have undertaken significant promotional activities to ensure that public housing tenants are aware of their services.

MS BURCH (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Hunter): Housing ACT supports in principle the idea of the creation of a curtain bank run through the community sector but considers this primarily a matter for charities and the community sector to provide.

The report produced by the Conservation Council in 2008 stated that Housing ACT requires vacating tenants to remove their curtains and tracks. This is not the case and where functional and safe curtains are left by tenants on vacancy or are included in a property purchased on the open market they are left for the new tenant's use. In regards to new developments, Housing ACT has made the decision to include pelmets as standard in all new construction. The 297 properties under construction for older persons include pelmets as part of the construction package.

ACT Ambulance Service—officer recruitment—Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Mr CORBELL: Mr Speaker I would like to firstly amend the record, I indicated yesterday that I responded to a question on notice on this issue during the Estimates process. Whilst I did address this issue at the hearing, and I refer to the member to the Hansard, it was not a question on notice.

In response to the member's question, the last recruitment campaign undertaken by the ACT Fire Brigade was in July 2008 with recruits graduating in November 2008. At estimates, the Commissioner advised that the ACT Fire Brigade is currently working on the next recruitment college. It is intended that the next recruitment round will commence in the first half of 2011.

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