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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2708..

(4) What measures are being taken to ensure that these different agencies are providing a coordinated approach in delivering their services;

(5) What measures are being taken to improve common facilities (if any) where residents can meet and become involved in these programs (please distinguish details for each complex, including existing arrangements and proposed changes).

Mr Wood

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

The complexes involved in Community Linkages are Oaks Estate, Bega Court, Allawah Court, Currong Apartments, Griffith Flats, Gowrie Court, Kanangra Court, Strathgordon Court, Fraser Court, Reid Court, Northbourne Flats, Windeyer Court, Stuart Flats, Jerilderie Court and Red Hill. Beyond that the material is not in an easily retrievable form, and to collect and assemble the information sought solely for the purpose of answering the question would be a major task, requiring a considerable diversion of resources. In this instance, I do not believe that it would be appropriate to divert resources from the provision of direct services to clients, for the purposes of answering the Member's question. However, I would be pleased to provide you with a verbal briefing covering information relevant to this subject, should you request it.

Commonwealth-State housing agreements

(Question No 791)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to Commonwealth-State Housing Agreements (CSHA):

(1) Please provide details of the new CSHA due to commence on 1 July 2003;

(2) What are the government's anticipated priorities for expenditure of CSHA funds under the new Agreement.

Mr Wood

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

(1) The aim of the Multilateral Agreement is to provide appropriate, affordable and secure housing, specifically for people on low-moderate incomes. The Multilateral CSHA seeks to recognise the provision of housing assistance to people requiring access to affordable and appropriate housing and its effect on the reduction of poverty, homelessness, negative health status and other socio-economic outcomes. As a Notifiable Instrument, the Multilateral Agreement, once signed, will be published on the ACT Legislation Register, and further details will be available to the Member from that site.

Under the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement, each State and Territory must also enter into a separate Bilateral Agreement with the Commonwealth, outlining the housing assistance to be provided out of Commonwealth and Territory funds over the five years of the Agreement. Negotiations continue between the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services (in conjunction with other agencies and stakeholders) and the Commonwealth regarding the development of the Bilateral Agreement.

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