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Housing—Ainslie Village

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services. What consultation has been held between the residents at Ainslie Village, stakeholder organisations, particularly Centacare, and the wider key social housing sector organisations concerning changes to the way Ainslie Village operates its tenancy management?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank Mrs Burke for the question and the opportunity to congratulate the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services on the consultation process that they have undertaken in relation to proposals for a change in direction between the management and the providers of services at Ainslie Village. The consultation process, to my understanding, has involved extensive conversations between Centacare and the department. It has involved extensive conversations with the residents and the tenants. My understanding is that, contrary to the way in which the former Liberal government conducted its affairs, the consultations were held in the contemplative stage. I am content with and encouraged by the nature of the consultation process.

MRS BURKE: What model of tenancy management are you considering for Ainslie Village? Who will be eligible to tender for any new tenancy management at Ainslie Village?

MR HARGREAVES: The conversations regarding the future of Ainslie Village are with the people who live there and with the people who currently manage it. I have no intention of pre-empting the conclusion of those conversations.

Surveillance cameras

MR PRATT: My question is directed to the Chief Minister. Given your announcement of an audit of the functionality and placement of CCTV cameras in the ACT, is it your intention to increase the number and usage of these cameras to both improve coverage and enhance public safety? If not, why not?

MR STANHOPE: This is indeed an important and topical issue. I asked for an audit, a study, an investigation, into CCTV cameras—security cameras—in the ACT for a number of reasons, one of which was the realisation that there are a number of agencies with some responsibility for a number of CCTV cameras currently in place in the community. For instance, my understanding is—I need to confirm this—that JACS, the ACT Police, ACTION, and the Department of Urban Services all have some role and some responsibility in the management and operation of different cameras, depending on their location.

One of the issues that led me to seek the audit, study or investigation into CCTVs was the arrangements in relation to their management. Similarly, many of the cameras operated by the ACT government in Civic were placed essentially as a response to criminal behaviour, most essentially concerns about the sale of drugs in certain parts of the central part of the city.

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