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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1309..

Sportsgrounds—shaded areas

(Question No 1008)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 28 March 2006:

(1) Are there any measures or programs in place to ensure the provision of more shaded areas around Canberra's playing fields to prevent sun damage to children waiting to participate in sports;

(2) Have any measures been considered around Southside playing fields like Mawson, Gordon and Calwell to provide more shade for waiting players;

(3) If no measures are in place or have been considered, will the Minister consider implementing a program to protect participants from the sun in summer months.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) There are no current programs specifically directed at the provision of shade for children using ACT Government sportsgrounds.

(2) No

(3) It is acknowledged that shade is desirable but funding priorities generally lie with the provision of toilet facilities, lighting for training, and refurbishing ageing pavilion buildings to ensure that they can provide the basic amenities that users require.

Housing ACT—crisis protocols

(Question No 1009)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 28 March 2006:

(1) How has Housing ACT established any protocol in dealing with crisis situations faced by tenants;

(2) If a protocol exists, what form of referral system is in place for Housing ACT staff to be able to refer tenants onto advocacy or support organisations.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) Housing ACT has established referral protocols to support tenants in crisis situations with a range of organisations. These organisations include ACT Mental Health, Care and Protection Services, Emergency Relief Providers, Regional Community Service organisations and the Australian Federal Police.

(2) Housing ACT utilises Client Support Co-ordinators to broker support and negotiate referral to advocacy and support organisations for tenants with complex needs. Housing Managers are also able to refer tenants to relevant advocacy and support organisations.

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