Page 652 - Week 02 - Thursday, 17 February 2005

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(Question No 32)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

(1) What is the general policy regarding the removal of graffiti, and in particular, offensive graffiti, from schools and surrounding areas;

(2) When was your office notified of the offensive graffiti on the children’s crossing on Wisdom Street, outside Sts Peter and Paul’s School, Garran and when was the graffiti removed.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The service standard for the removal of offensive graffiti is within 24 hours of receiving a report. All other graffiti is removed within three days. The Department of Urban Services does not remove graffiti from schools. Generally the maintenance of these buildings is the responsibility of the Department of Education. I have been advised that the Education Department works to the same graffiti removal schedule as Urban Services.

(2) DUS was notified of the graffiti on Wisdom Street on 29 November 2004. Unfortunately, the graffiti was not removed until 7 December 2004 due to a failure in the reporting process. This problem has now been addressed.

Housing—tenant behaviour
(Question No 35)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 8 December 2004:

(1) Is there a continuing and uncontrolled problem of illegal activities occurring in many multi-unit public housing complexes in the A.C.T. when under the Residential Tenancy Act the conduct of illegal activities from rental premises is prohibited; if so, why;

(2) What is the Minister doing to ensure that this illegal behaviour is better policed in order to not only protect tenants and private residents but to offer assistance to the individual involved in the illegal activity.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Some people in the community will carry out illegal activities and some of these people may well be public housing tenants, residents living in public housing complexes or visitors to the complexes.

(2) Housing and Community Services has committed to a number of approaches designed to enhance safety and security at public housing complexes. This includes, provision of a Community Guardian service at some flat complexes and working as a member of the AFP Crime Partnership Group that targets volume crime in the community.

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