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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 2013..

MR WOOD (continuing):

I thank the many hundreds of people who have committed their time and energy to developing this historic document. For the first time we have a truly integrated and planned response to this complex issue. The actions specified and the outcomes demanded will ensure its value not only to people affected by homelessness but to the health of the community as a whole.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne ) adjourned to the next sitting

Bushfire Recovery Centre

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE: (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): Mr Speaker, I am pleased to table today the government response to the Assembly motion regarding transitional arrangements for bushfire recovery services. I present the following paper:

Bushfire Recovery Centre-Report on the progress of Bushfire recovery services transitional arrangements, dated 6 May 2004, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 10 March 2004.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, on 10 March 2004, the Legislative Assembly passed the following motion:

That this Assembly notes the considerable contribution made by the Bushfire Recovery Centre to bushfire survivors and the Canberra community and calls on the

Government to:

(1) continue to provide the services of the Recovery Centre in a form that is visible and easily accessible to the clients of the Centre;

(2) continue to properly and extensively consult with bushfire survivors and other stakeholders on their future needs;

(3) engage in a process of closure that is positive to the clients of the Centre; and

(4) report to the Assembly by the last sitting day of May on the results of the consultation and proposed future arrangements for bushfire recovery services.

Mr Speaker, the bushfire recovery effort undertaken by this government in partnership with the community has been outstanding, and the management of this current phase has been handled with the same professionalism exhibited throughout 2003. Every household still needing support services has access to these services, and they can choose whether they want these services from the community support agencies in their community or from recovery workers in the Bushfire Support Unit.

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