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(1) Farms advised horse owners verbally to move their horses to paddock 8 when it became known, that, there were water supply problems in paddock 7.

(2) No. As the disruption to water supply was for a short period only, verbal advice was considered the most appropriate action in advising horse owners of the lack of water. Verbal advice is readily or quickly passed through the client network as many clients do not read the notice board each day nor do they attend to their horses every day.

(3) The reference to the fining system with regard to the water being tuned off for the half-day period is a misrepresentation of the reason and use of this process. Horse Farms permitted horse owners to graze their horses in paddock 8 until the water problem was rectified. Several days later up to 15 horses had failed to be relocated back into paddock 7. Horse Farms identified those horses and attempts were made to contact their owners to request they be moved back into paddock 7. In accordance with established paddock rules Horse Farms placed a notice on the paddock notice board informing horse owners with horses still in paddock 8 that unless they move their horses to the correct paddock they would be fined a late movement fee.

(4) No.

(5) No.

(6) No.

Housing—loan repayments
(Question No 316)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 16 March 2005:

(1) What procedures does the ACT Revenue Office undertake when people paying off a government housing loan fall behind in their payments.

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

(1) If a borrower falls behind in his or her payments, the ACT Revenue Office undertakes recovery action in accordance with existing debt recovery guidelines.

The borrower is requested in writing to repay the outstanding amount, or contact the ACT Revenue Office in order to discuss alternative repayment arrangements.

The ACT Home Loan Portfolio provides financial advice through arrangements with Care Financial Services where appropriate to assist clients.

Ultimately, if the borrower does not respond to the ACT Revenue Office’s requests, the matter will be referred to the ACT Government Solicitor’s Office for the commencement of legal action to recover the outstanding amount, which will end when:

The amount of arrears is received; or

The balance of the loan is written off because the cost of legal recovery exceeds the outstanding amount.

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