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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5309 ..

Mr Wood

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

(1) None have been designed to Older Persons Accommodation (OPA) standard but older tenants who wish to return will be able to.

(2) No. Both have declined to return.

(3) 9.

(4) Male tenants are eligible at the age of 65 years in accordance with the eligibility requirements of the Social Security Act 1991.

Eligibility for female applicants is also tied to the Social Security Act which has a sliding scale for when women qualify for the age pension. For example, in 2003 women who turned 62 before 30 June 2003 are eligible for an OPA. Women who turn 62.5 between January 2004 and 30 June 2005 will be eligible once they reach that age.

Tenants who are in receipt of a service pension under the Commonwealth Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986 are also eligible for an OPA.

Torrens Hindu temple

(Question No 1070)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to the religious temple located next to Torrens Primary School at Block 14 Section 22 (89 Batchelor Street) Torrens:

(1) What is the nature of the building work that is currently being undertaken on this temple;

(2) When did this work commence;

(3) When will this work be completed;

(4) Is this construction required to comply with time limits for building in the ACT and if not, why not;

(5) If it is required to comply, what penalties apply for non-compliance;

(6) Is the temple currently open to worshippers, and if not, when is it anticipated that it will be open;

(7) What religious, ethnic or multicultural group is this temple intended to be used by?

Mr Corbell

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

(1) The building work underway at present is the construction of a Temple. External works such as paving, landscaping and car parking areas are also being carried out as part of the overall development of the site. The developers have been carrying out the work in stages and there have been several amendments to the originally approved set of plans.

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