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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 598 ..

Rural Residential Development

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, further to Ms Tucker's interest in Melrose Valley, I advise that the Government's response to the Rural Policy Taskforce report was prepared within the context of the then draft ACT and subregion planning strategy. The subregion planning strategy contains strategies for providing for rural residential development, in particular to limit and cluster growth of rural residential areas around specific nodes and to integrate rural residential development into the urban and rural settlement patterns to encourage servicing economies and assist in maintaining the viability, both economically and socially, of towns and villages. The areas identified by the Government in its response to the task force report for further planning detailed studies form an arc around the existing urban areas of Canberra, consistent with the above-mentioned substrategy.

Public Housing Tenants - Water Bills

MR SMYTH: Mr Wood asked a question about metering on ACT Housing properties. ACT Housing currently receives water consumption billing, including excess water, from ACTEW. ACT Housing then bills the tenant for any excess water charges. ACT Housing advises tenants of details of the excess water consumed if they request it. ACT Housing, in fact, authorised ACTEW in August 1998 to provide details of excess water consumption to tenants who request it. ACT Housing is considering authorising ACTEW to bill government tenants for excess water consumption directly.

Canberra Injectors Network

MS CARNELL: Mr Osborne asked a long question in the Assembly yesterday with regard to peer support for IV users. As Mr Osborne is not here, I seek leave to incorporate the response in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The response read as follows:



10 March 1999

Mr Osborne asked the Acting Minister for Health and Community Care:

Recently the Minister for Health stated in the Assembly that funds will be for peer support to IV users. Could you please provide information on the program, how it works, the guidelines, names of people in Health Department who are involved in the program and involved in its

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