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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 398..

Indigenous housing

(Question No 1177)

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

In relation to indigenous housing forums:

(1) How many residents attended the following indigenous housing forums held last week:

(a) North Canberra Community Meeting;

(b) Belconnen Community Meeting;

(c) Tuggeranong Community Meeting;

(d) South Canberra Community Meeting;

(2) Who from the ACT Government attended these meetings;

(3) What issues were raised that are relevant to the ACT;

(4) What action will now be taken to progress some of the suggestions or feedback given at those meetings;

(5) What percentage of ACT Housing tenants are indigenous Australians.

Mr Wood

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

(1) Persons were not requested to identify if they were community or public housing tenants, the purpose of this meeting was to seek broad community advice.

(a) A total of fourteen persons attended this meeting. One Commonwealth Government representative, 13 community organisation representatives and one ACT Government representative.

(b) A total of eight persons attended this meeting. Six representatives from community organisations and two ACT Government representatives.

(c) A total of twenty persons attended this meeting. One ACT government representative, one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) Regional Councillor, one NSW Housing officer, ten residents from Munjuwa Queanbeyan Aboriginal Corporation and seven representatives from Gugan Gulwan, some of which identified as Housing ACT tenants.

(d) A total of seventeen persons attended this meeting. Two ACT Government representatives, two Architects, nine community organisation representatives, one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services representative, two ATSIC Regional Councillors and one Commonwealth Government representative.

(2) Officers from Housing Policy and Planning from the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services attended all of the Forums.

(3) All issues that were raised were relevant to the ACT. These included: the specific target groups that are in need of assistance; the need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff within Housing ACT; the need for an Aboriginal Hostel in the ACT and; the preferred model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing in the ACT.

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