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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1311..


(2) Which tenant groups, if any, have received assistance for those services listed in part (1).

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) Housing ACT has not provided funds to any tenant group for secretarial services or office accommodation. A grant of $5,000 has been provided to both the ACT Public Tenants Association Inc and the Association of Public Housing Tenants for operational expenses during the 2005-06 financial year, including expenses associated with meetings and forums and other related activities.

(2) See above

Housing ACT—tenant participation programs

(Question No 1013)

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

Has Housing ACT taken any steps to resource and insert Tenant Participation Workers into the community to act as a conduit between public housing tenants and the department; if so, how are these workers coordinating events or providing feedback from tenants back to Housing ACT.

Mr Hargreaves

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

Housing ACT has referred the issue of Tenant Participation Workers to the Joint Champions Group for advice, in line with the department's response to the Raising Our Voice recommendations. To date the Joint Champions Group has not identified this issue as a short-term priority.

Disabled persons—housing

(Question No 1014)

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

How many of the 24 recommendations in the report entitled Raising Our Voice, by ACT Shelter and the Tenants Union on behalf of the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, have been (a) adopted and (b) implemented, by Housing ACT.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(a) The department has 'agreed' or 'agreed in principle' with 20 of the 24 recommendations from the Raising Our Voice report.

(b) The Joint Champions Group, comprising public housing tenants and Housing ACT staff, have prioritised the implementation of the agreed recommendations and have endorsed a Tenant Participation Program to advance agreed priorities.


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