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(2) The Community Guardian Service is a specific arrangement for three large flat complexes in the Inner North of Canberra. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While the security staff undertake standard security patrols, they also offer support and assistance to tenants on the sites. On occasion, Housing ACT will require the security staff to expand their patrols to address concerns in nearby public housing properties.

Security staff are not law enforcement officers and so attempt to resolve any issues that may arise, in terms of asking people who are not tenants and are causing a disturbance to leave the site, reminding tenants, residents and visitors of their obligations, reporting lighting failures, damage, vandalism, squatters and the like to Housing ACT for remedial action and reporting illegal activity to ACT Policing.

Housing—security of tenure
(Question No 185)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 17 February 2005:

(1) What progress has been made by the Government, if any, to review its policy of guaranteeing security of tenure for public housing tenants who are (a) paying full market rent and (b) in receipt of a rental rebate;

(2) What were the outcomes of the review conducted in 2004 by the Steering Committee that included staff from the Departments of Disability, Housing and Community Services, Treasury and the Chief Minister in consultation with the Housing Advisory Committee.

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

(1) This Government completed its review of security of tenure for both tenants paying full market rent and tenants receiving a rental rebate in its previous term. The outcome of the review was to remove the requirement for Housing ACT to review continued eligibility for tenants. This was announced in Mr Wood’s Media Release H15/02 of 10 December 2002.

(2) The report on the Review of Housing ACT Market Renters was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 26 August 2004.

(Question No 188)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 17 February 2005:

(1) Are registered charities, such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, required to pay any charges for the use of Garema Place and other public areas in the ACT for the purposes of fundraising;

(2) If so, what are the applicable charges and under what circumstances are they required to pay those charges;

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