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(3) What works were carried out to repair malicious damage to public housing properties during (a) 2004-2005, (b) 2005-2006, (c) 2006-2007 and (d) 2007-08 to date;

(4) Can the Minister give exact details of the $430 000 worth of insurance works to be completed to 350 public housing properties during 2006-2007;

(5) What are the details of the number of properties that currently remain vacant in the ACT including (a) in what suburbs, (b) the average length of time such properties remain vacant and (c) for what reasons such properties remain vacant;

(6) What is the current status of the former Fraser Court multi-unit complex site in Kingston.

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

(1) The major re-alignment of property types occurred through the sale of properties that are no longer suitable for public housing either through their age, condition or location etc. Using funds received from the sale of properties and the capital injections from Government, properties are acquired that are more suited to house clients on the public housing Applicant list. Many of these properties are larger four or more bedroom properties or smaller one or two bedroom houses and units.

(2) The details of the properties sold in each of the years 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 are at Attachment A for the location of the property sales and Attachment B for the dwelling types sold.

(3) The cost of repairs for malicious damage largely relates to the removal of graffiti and clean up as a result of vandalism at the multi unit properties. A minor amount relates to other properties. The amount paid for the removal of graffiti and clean up at the multi-unit properties was $0.156m in 2004-05, $0.072m in 2005-06. $0.171m in 2006-07 and $0.201m for 2007-08 to February 2008.

(4) The $0.430m insurance works in 2006-07 relates to damages incurred in the storms on 31 December 2006, 10 February 2007 and 27 February 2007. Most of the work related to hail damage and damages from water ingress into properties as a result of these storms.

(5) At 3 March 2008 there were 390 vacant properties. These properties are located throughout the ACT and include multi-unit properties that are currently being redeveloped. The figure includes:

Routine vacant properties


Properties to be demolished


Properties awaiting/undergoing redevelopment


Properties awaiting sale


Vacant properties under review


Newly vacated properties


The average time taken to complete maintenance when a property is vacated is currently approximately 26 days.

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