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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 4053..


(Question No 324)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 12 November 2002:

Concerning a report in The Canberra Times on 22 October that a resident was given priority transfer because ACT Housing accommodation was next door to a drug injecting room:

(1) Was ACT Housing aware of this situation.

(2) If so, were the police informed.

(3) If ACT Housing was not aware of the situation or did not inform the police, why not.

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

(1) Yes. It was not a drug injecting room but a small alcove next to the lift where drug addicts occasionally shoot up.

(2) Yes. The Guardians removed people found loitering in the alcove.

(3) Not Applicable

Pine Island-vandalism

(Question No 326)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to ...

(1) Concerning the vandalism that has resulted in Pine Island being closed to vehicles between 9pm and 8am, what action has been taken to catch the offenders.

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

(1) The Pine Island Reserve is a valuable community resource, providing recreational opportunities for individuals, groups and families. Vandalism has been an issue of growing concern at Pine Island, probably associated with the growth in residential population in adjacent Tuggeranong.

In isolated areas such as Pine Island it is difficult to actually catch a vandal in action. Measures have been put in place to limit antisocial behaviour, including increased Ranger and Police patrols. However, 24-hour presence of law enforcement officers is not a practicable solution.

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