Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 16 August 2018) . . Page.. 3201 ..
PCS: Unsupervised public access to most Parks and Conservation Service run depots is inappropriate. These facilities store machinery and materials which require training and development to use safely. Also PCS runs a seven day a week operation so using office space, other than some meeting rooms on weekends, would be disruptive for staff undertaking their normal duties.
As outlined in the response to Question 3, office accommodation is not generally provided out-of-hours, as these offices are not open at that time. Impediments include access, security and resource implications, insurance considerations and restricting access to sensitive areas and information.
Access to the ACTC&T court and hearing rooms also needs approval of the relevant head of jurisdiction.
In terms of the Bowes Street building, all office spaces are within a secure government facility. Maintaining the security and confidentiality of these office spaces is an impediment to the spaces being better utilised after business hours, given the nature of ACT Health’s work and information contained within its offices. The impediments to using CHHS facilities are the safety of buildings and equipment, and the safety of people using the rooms. A swipe pass is often required to gain access outside of normal business hours. There is also no technical support available if equipment faults occur.
The impediments to increase utilisation on weekends and after hours at HBCTL are the fees and charges applied to cover overheads, maintain the security of the building and its location within a residential area some distance from a retail node.
Despite these impediments and in addition to Marymead, accommodation at HBCTL is used out of hours and on weekends by a local basketball group, and for yoga and pottery classes. The Education Directorate supports the use of office accommodation by the public and community groups and recognises the benefits of increased presence out of standard business hours.
Public housing—relocations(Question No 1505)
Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, upon notice, on 8 June 2018:
(1) Was 11 Boan Close, Florey, ACT Government owned public housing until recently; if so, (a) why was this house sold, (b) when was the decision made to sell the house and (c) was the former tenant provided with alternative public housing or evicted.
Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) (a) The decision to sell this three bedroom property was made following the property becoming vacant in March 2018, taking into consideration the low wait list demand for three bedroom accommodation in the Belconnen area and was sold by auction on 20 June 2018.