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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 3176 ..

Community housing

MR WOOD: Ms Tucker asked me a question about community housing and how those things are progressing. I might advise that the outcomes were advised on 2 May. Billabong Aboriginal Corporation received $430,000 to purchase two dwellings; Canberra Co-Housing, $620,000 for six dwellings; Community Housing Canberra, $674,000 for the group house and big house projects, and $1.1 million for a project for Abbeyfield; Poachling Inc, $114,000 for the construction of three premises; and Tamil Senior Citizens, $400,000 for aged persons units.

In answer to the particular point in Ms Tucker's question: three of the seven projects were subject to securing land; two of these projects have identified sites and have made applications for direct grants of land, and these applications are currently being assessed under the required approval process. A suitable site for one is still being discussed. The other projects, which are not dependent on land, are currently in the process of finalising terms of funding agreements in consultation with the stakeholders.

Sustainability and development controls

MR CORBELL: In question time today Ms Tucker asked me a question about the review of guidelines for the installation of solar hot water systems, photovoltaic systems and other ecologically sustainable measures in homes. I can advise Ms Tucker and the Assembly that the review of those guidelines is practically complete and will be finalised in the next month.

Cryptosporidium and giardia cases

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, in question time today, Mr Smyth asked me a question about any risks of cryptosporidium or giardia in the ACT water supply. I'm advised there is no evidence of cryptosporidium or Giardia, based on the testing which occurs regularly in our water supply. The government will also continue testing on a less frequent basis those dams which aren't currently supplying water to the ACT water supply, to monitor their recovery from the bushfires. The government will continue to monitor the water supplies, as we always do, to ensure that, with the combination of treatment and testing, there is a low level of risk involved in any infection of the water supply.

Legislation program-spring 2003

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

2003 Spring Legislation Program, dated August 2003.

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

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