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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2821..

actively considering options to improve housing affordability (in response to the Affordable housing Taskforce report) in four main areas (homelessness, public & community housing, private rental and home ownership) and the Government has announced a number of major initiatives for public and community housing, rental accommodation and home ownership in the 2004-05 Budget.

As part of the implementation of strategies under the 2003 Bilateral Agreement under the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement, the Government will be continuing to build on the work already undertaken and explore further approaches to leverage additional resources from the non-government and private sectors into the social housing sector in the ACT.

Employment statistics

(Question No 1539)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 13 May 2004:

(1) With regard to the current fiscal year, how many (a) female and (b) male specific policies and programs has the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services developed and/or implemented;

(2) Can the Minister provide (a) detailed costings and a summary of these programs, (b) a separate breakdown of the ratio of men and women employed within both the Housing and Community Services portfolios and (c) a detailed separate summary of the ratio of men and women in senior management and senior executive levels with both the Housing and Community Services portfolios.

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

Information regarding the Department's policies and programs, together with staffing profiles and gender ratios is outlined in detail in the Department's Annual Report. Information for the current financial year is being collated at present, and will be available to members of the public and the Assembly in accordance with the Chief Minister's Department Annual Report Directions timetable.

Lanyon marketplace

(Question No 1540)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 13 May 2004:

(1) In relation to land maintenance at Lanyon Marketplace, is the Department of Urban Services responsible for maintaining the dirt area of land adjacent to the main entrance into Lanyon Marketplace;

(2) If so, (a) how regularly is maintenance carried out and (b) what maintenance functions are performed;

(3) How many complaints have been received by the Department of Urban Services, or the Minister, regarding the maintenance of this area;

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