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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 2233 ..

attend the meetings. Other than my own department I understand other government agencies attending include ACT Housing, the Australian Federal Police and the ACT Department of Health and Community Care. A range of community agencies also attend.

(4) 1 am advised that the number of Burnie Court residents in attendance is usually equal to or exceeds government and community agency personnel.

(5) Topics raised include personal housing and tenancy issues, internal and external maintenance of units, safety, and nuisance problems experienced between neighbours.

(6) It is my department's experience that the meetings act more as a forum for raising concerns and are not necessarily structured for decision making by those present at that time. My department pursues community crime prevention and safety objectives by working through other processes, including working with on-site community workers, who in turn work with residents, including the residents on the committee of the Residents Group.

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

(8) My department understands that residents are alerted to meetings by posters put up in stairwell entrances in each block of units.

(9) The question relating to the dissemination to other residents of information about the outcomes of meetings would best be put to the committee itself.

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