Page 1230 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2012

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Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The key elements of the recent Ainslie Village tender included engaging a suitably qualified and experienced service provider to provide and support secure tenancies for vulnerable people located at Ainslie Village. This provider will assist with and promote social inclusion within a safe and stimulating environment. A copy of the Request for Tender document is attached.

(2) The tender evaluation panel comprising senior staff from the Community Services Directorate and an external senior member from a community organisation provided a recommendation to the delegate, the Director-General, Community Services Directorate. The delegate approved the recommendation of the tender evaluation panel.

(3) Argyle Community Housing Ltd was chosen as the preferred tenderer. Argyle Community Housing Ltd consistently demonstrated significantly stronger claims across all assessable criteria in both phases of the tender process to best illustrate their capacity to deliver services in accordance with the Territory’s requirements under the Request for Tender.

(4) No. This was a set price tender. The set price is made available to tenderers at the start of the tender process.

(5) See Attachment 1 (A1) of Request for Tender document.

(6) A Transition Working Group has been established which includes staff from the Community Services Directorate, Argyle Community Housing and Havelock Housing Association. The priority of the Working Group is to minimise any disruption to the residents at Ainslie Village.

The residents have been kept informed through a series of information sessions before and immediately following the announcement of the successful tender. Argyle will meet with the residents weekly until it assumes full management of the site in April 2012.

(7) The new provider has spoken with the current staff at Ainslie Village. Some staff have agreed to work with Argyle, and negotiations are still underway with other staff.

Health—blue-green algae
(Question No 2039)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 February 2012:

(1) What scientific evidence is the Government aware of about the potential adverse human health impacts of blue-green algae where contact is due to (a) swallowing contaminated water, (b) submersion in contaminated water through “primary contact” activities such as swimming, (c) skin contact with contaminated water through “secondary contact” such as boating and (d) inhalation of contaminated aerosol-borne water droplets.

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