Page 952 - Week 03 - Thursday, 10 March 2005

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

The feasibility study has been completed and a series of recommendations are now being considered by the Minister prior to the release of the report.

Funding for the Intensive Treatment and Support Program was granted in the 2004-2005 budget and the implementation of that service model, due to commence later this year is underway.

Finance—community connection program
(Question No 143)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 16 February 2005:

What are the details of the (a) current level of funding, (b) changes proposed during the term of this Assembly and (c) four organisations that run the community connection program.

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

a) Seven organisations currently receive funding under the Community Linkages Program to provide services:

Belconnen Community Service


Communities @ Work


Conflict Resolution Service


Northside Community Service


Southside Community Service


Woden Community Service






Tenant-Initiated activities


b) The Community Linkages Program has recently been evaluated and the recommendations been used to guide the future directions of the program.

An open tender process is underway to engage community services to support public and community housing tenants to sustain their tenancies. The new service model will have a prevention of eviction program service each for North and South Canberra, where the previous model had four smaller services located throughout Canberra. A second tender will seek organisations to develop and manage four community development programs to work in the Belconnen/Gungahlin, North Canberra, Woden/Weston and Tuggeranong regions.

$120,000 per annum has been quarantined for tenant-initiated activities from 1 July 2005.

The Conflict Resolution Service’s mobile mediation service will not be continued from March 2005.

$5,000 has been separately set aside for organisational support to tenants interested in establishing their own projects.

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