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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . .

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A range of areas of concern was identified, including safety at intersections. Notably, residents did raise concerns over the intersections on Tillyard Drive and Lhotsky Street. Residents also raised concerns around speeding, safety at midblock intersections, peak hour congestion and safety around Fraser Primary School. Speeding and intersection safety were identified as requiring alternative solutions.

More recently, the residents of Charnwood, Flynn and Fraser have been informed of the outcomes of the study, the final scheme for improvements and the priority of treatments through a newsletter distributed to all households earlier this year. Information is also available on the TCCS website.

The design of recommended high-priority measures will be undertaken in 2018. Implementation will commence in the 2018-19 financial year. We will continue to consider intersection signalisation as well.

Housing—homelessness

MR PARTON: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, on 29 January this year, the Canberra Times reported that numbers sleeping on the pavement in Civic near the Uniting Church's early morning centre had "shot up" with what they described as a "semi-permanent camp" appearing. Minister, how many people are homeless or sleeping rough in the inner city and in other areas such as Mount Ainslie and the Cotter?

MS BERRY: I was aware of the story and I met some of the individuals who were sleeping rough up near the Uniting Church at the early morning centre late last year. In fact, at the moment my advice is that there are around 30 to 40 people who we have data on who are sleeping rough in the ACT. All of these people are being supported in different ways by organisations like St Vincent de Paul through their street to home program. And of course the ACT government announced an expansion of hours at UnitingCare at the early morning centre so that rough sleepers or people who were living in the city could go and get support if they needed it at the early morning centre.

At this stage, those are the numbers that I have been advised of. I have double-checked and sought to make sure that that is the number of people whom Housing ACT and the street to home program are aware of. I continue to keep a very close eye on the situation.

MR PARTON: Minister, how many people have been displaced onto the street or into couch surfing situations from the closure of the ABC flats in Civic due to the public housing renewal program?

MS BERRY: I believe I have had questions about this in the past in this place. My response has been that, for the people who were living in some of the older apartments in Civic who are now being rehomed, we asked tenants to let us know who the rough sleepers were, or who the people couch surfing were, so that we could put them in touch with services or give them the support that they needed.


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