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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 401 ..

Public housing-Allawah and Bega Courts (Question No 393)

Ms Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 20 February 2003:

In relation to the recent upgrades at Allawah and Bega Courts:

(1) From which budget (ie: 2001-02 or 2002-03) was funding allocated for the $2.7 million facelift of Allawah and Bega Court flats;

(2) How much money was allocated in that particular budget for the upgrade of Allawah and Bega Court flats;

(3) Did the project come in under, over or equal to that amount;

(4) If the project came in under budget where will the additional money now been spent or transferred to;

(5) If the project was over budget where did the additional funds come from to fund the excess cost;

(6) Did lighting works actually improve safety and lighting in the area:

(7) Has a lux assessment of light been undertaken;

(8) Will the improved lighting disturb any other public housing or private tenants nearby (ie: increased brightness in light that may shine in windows);

(9) Are there any other outstanding internal or external works of this nature in ACT Housing, if so, could a list please be provided along with costings and forecast completion dates.

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

(1) Funding was allocated from the 2001-02 ACT Housing Capital Program. Works were committed, designed and tendered during 2001-02, with construction occurring during 2002-03.

(2) Funding allocation of $421,000 was identified for Allawah Court (facade repair and paint) and $1,564,000 identified for Bega Court (facade repair and paint, and landscaping). Funding for the Allawah landscape works was brought forward from the ACT Housing 2002-03 Capital Program.

(3) The projects came in under budget.

(4) Remaining funds were transferred to other multi unit landscape projects.

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