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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3985..

(3) Was a report prepared by the consultant/s; if so where may copies be obtained.

Mr Wood

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

Much of this information is being prepared for the annual report of the Department of Justice and Community Safety, and its agencies and will be available in line with the government's guidelines and timetable for production of that report. In relation to the residual information, the government is not prepared to invest the significant time required to address such a question.

Housing-occupancy rates

(Question No 1712)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 1 July 2004:

(1) What is the current occupancy rate as of 30 June 2004 of (a) Fraser Court and (b) Northbourne Flats;

(2) Can the Minister provide a progress report as of 30 June 2004 on the refurbishment of (a) Fraser Court and (b) Northbourne Flats;

(3) With regard to part (2) in each instance when (a) did the refurbishment process start and (b) is it likely to finish;

(4) With regard to part (2) how is the entire process being managed, for instance, how are or how will people be accommodated during the refurbishment process.

Mr Wood

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

(1) (a) Fraser Court was 50% tenanted as at 30 June 2004

(b) Northbourne Flats Braddon was 75% tenanted as at 30 June 2004 whilst units were vacated for refurbishment work

(2) (a) Fraser Court

While the design work for refurbishment of the roof and other works was completed in 2003 at a cost of $30,000, tenders received were well above the pre-tender estimate making the award of a contract unviable. Tenants were advised on this at a community meeting on 30 June 2004. It is now planned to explore various options to revitalise the Court. Regular community meetings are being held to continue consultation with tenants.

(b) Northbourne Flats Braddon

Refurbishment of the first block of 18 units (Block 17) was completed on 25 June 2004 and as at 30 June 2004, 12 tenants had moved in. The remaining tenants, who will be moving from the Currong Apartments, are expected to move in during the next few weeks.

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