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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2168 ..

(4) Yes. As is standard industry practice, house tickets (i.e. complimentary tickets) were provided to ten members of the Canberra Theatre Centre as part of the Centre's commitment to providing a high standard of servicing to commercial hirers such as Showcall Pty. Ltd. Those who received house tickets included the Centre's Operations Manager, who was responsible for ensuring the production was delivered to the hirer's satisfaction, and the Centre's Marketing Manager and Publicist, who were engaged to provide commercial marketing services to the hirer and attended to the media on the night of the performance. No Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly were invited by the Centre to receive complimentary tickets for the performance of "Chopper"Read - Spoken Word, nor did Members receive any such tickets from the Centre.

Housing-water rates

(Question No 628)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services:

Concerning ACT Housing tenants:

(1) Do tenants pay water rates and if not, who does pay.

(2) If not, what procedures apply to control the use of water by ACT Housing tenants.

(3) If the cost of water rises, how are such rises taken into account for ACT Housing tenants' rents.

(4) What was the total cost of water rates for ACT Housing tenants in 2001-02 and what was this amount as an average cost per ACT Housing's property.

Mr Wood

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

(1) ACT Housing pays the water rates and usage for all tenants and does not recover the water costs from tenants.

(2) No specific procedures are in place to restrict water usage by tenants. ACT Housing encourages tenants to care and maintain the lawn and landscaping of their public housing property in a similar fashion to private landlords.

(3) The re-assessment of market rents each year takes into account the payment by ACT Housing of the water rates and usage. However, there is no specific increase in market rents for any increase in water rates and/or consumption.

(4) The total cost of water rates and consumption to ACT Housing in 2001-02 was $7.099m, which equated to about $622 per dwelling per annum on average.

Aged day care centres

(Question No 629)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

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