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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4161 ..

See (2) Once a warrant of eviction issued by the RTT is executed by Police and vacant possession of a property is given to Housing ACT, the locks are changed and necessary work undertaken to return a property to a tenantable condition;

Privacy considerations prevent release of such information concerning a specific tenancy;

See (4);

See (4).

Security screen doors

(Question No 1016)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to security screen doors within ACT public housing complexes:

Please provide copies of all material relevant to the policy decision concerning the proposal to remove all security screen doors from all (subject to (2) below) ACT Housing dwellings;

Are any properties to be excluded from the proposed removal process, and, if so, please specify all such locations and provide the reason(s) why such properties are being excluded;

What, if anything, is proposed to replace these screen doors at all properties;

What is the proposed timetable for removal;

What options, if any, do tenants have to make provision for their own entrance security upon the removal of their security screen door;

Are any other changes proposed to be made to the entrances of premises (eg additional locks, chains; different style of doors) and, if so, please specify the nature of such proposals and the current timetable (by location).

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

The decision to remove security screen doors and screen doors from certain types of Housing ACT properties, was a result of the fire safety audits being conducted as part of Housing and Community Services fire safety program. The audits are being conducted by qualified Fire Safety Engineers who are concerned that the screen doors were encouraging tenants to keep their doors open when the Building Code, in these types of properties, requires the entry doors to the units to be kept closed at all times. The decision to remove the screen doors is currently being reviewed.

Removal of screen doors is a necessary fire safety measure where the front entry of units opens to an enclosed public corridor. This situation will most commonly arise where the front door to the units opens off an enclosed stairwell.

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