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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4546 ..

(1) The ACT Government currently funds the following services located at Ainslie Village:

Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness ($1,042,572), provided by Centacare.

The Blue Door drop-in, food and information service ($135,028) provided by St Vincent de Paul.

A transition case manager to assist residents not eligible for SAAP services to access other community services ($70,000), provided by Murringu.

Mental Health ACT contracts Centacare ($247,094) to provide 15 supported accommodation places and four respite beds within the Lodge for males 18 years and above with mental disorders or co-morbid disorders.

(2) The community housing provider peak - Canberra Community Housing ACT (CCHACT) are to be contracted to employ a community housing development worker to assist residents to develop sustainable community based housing options and tenancy arrangements to meet their needs and the operational needs of the Village itself. Recruitment for the worker is expected to commence in the next two weeks.

(3) A crisis accommodation service will be located in a block at the Ainslie Village site. This service will operate independently of Ainslie Village. The crisis service is due to open by the end of November 2003 and will provide emergency accommodation with case management support to seven men. The service will operate from the top floor of M Block, which has eight bedrooms. The eighth bedroom has been converted to an office for support workers.

A Night Shelter is being established by ACT Health in the downstairs of M Block. This service will also operate independently of Ainslie Village.

(4) I am not aware that any workers are being paid but are not working.

(5) The space available for the crisis service has capacity for seven bedrooms. Seven men will be accommodated. One larger room will have two beds in the event that it is appropriate for two men to share a room.

Water restrictions

(Question No 1049)

Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to your response of stage 3 of ACT water restrictions:

(1) What areas are exempt;

(2) What is the reasoning for the exemptions in (1) above;

(3) Why are pool installations allowed but not electronically controlled irrigation systems;

(4) Is it proposed to review existing restrictions, perhaps to modify, and if so, when.

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