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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 2232 ..




Burnie Court Residents Group

MR WOOD: Asked the Minister for Justice and Community Safety:

In relation to the Burnie Court Residents Group -

(1) What are the dates of the meetings held in the last 12 months.

(2) Where were the meetings held.

(3) How many attended and what government agencies were represented.

(4) How many of those attending were residents of Burnie Court.

(5) What have been the main topics at meetings over the last 12 months.

(6) What recommendations/actions have resulted from these meetings.

(7) When is the next scheduled meeting.

(8) How are residents advised of meetings.

(9) How are decisions made at meetings implemented and/or advised to residents.

MR HUMPHRIES: The answer to Mr Wood's question is as follows:

I am advised that the Burnie Court Residents Group is independent and that it is not administered, overseen or directed by any Government agency. I understand membership is open to residents of Burnie Court. A committee of residents, which is elected by residents, administers the Group, organises the meetings and sets the agendas. Government agencies do not have voting rights on issues before the committee.

Consequently, neither I, nor any other Minister, would seek to answer questions relating to the Group's administration on behalf of the Burnie Court Resident's Group.

My department has been working with residents and other agencies on crime prevention and safety problems at Burnie Court, and in that context an officer of my department attends the meetings of the Residents Group. My response to Mr Wood's question reflects my department's experience of the Resident's Group, but if Mr Wood is seeking to address specific concerns relating to the running of the Residents Group itself then questions should be addressed directly to the committee of the Burnie Court Resident's Group.

(1) Meetings are held at 10.30 am on the first Wednesday of each month.

(2) The meetings are held in the community room at Burnie Court.

(3) Attendance varies but usually around 20 persons are present. It is the understanding of my department that the Burnie Court Residents Group offers a standing open invitation to all relevant government and non-government agencies to

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