Page 2797 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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Since commencement of I-Day celebrations in the ACT, a diverse range of activities and events have taken place that have been effective in raising awareness, providing information and resources, launching new ventures and celebrating the diversity and talent of people with disabilities.

Events hosted in the ACT with the use of I-Day grants in previous years have included art exhibitions, including photo exhibitions, for example, highlighting LGBTIQ Canberrans who identify as having a disability, or women with disability performing in a circus; workshops for people to start a business; digital stories of young people with disability; all abilities sports events, like bowls and lake walks; forums, including last year’s strong women, strong self-management forum hosted by Women with Disabilities; and a sensory garden unveiling with Tandem life skills program, hosted by DUO.

These previous I-Day grants recipients have supported the delivery of programs and events that bring together the wider community, business sector and government to promote social inclusion.

I encourage everyone again to get involved in this year’s activities for the United Nations endorsed International Day of People with a Disability. Let us celebrate together the role that people with disability play in the political, social, economic and cultural life of our community. More information on activities and events and on I-Day itself can be found on the Community Services Directorate website.

Public housing—maintenance

MR PARTON: My question is directed to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, when will you be releasing the request for tender for the provision of repairs and maintenance for public housing?

MS BERRY: I do not have the exact time frame for the release of the request for tender for the contract for maintenance of public housing with me today. I can get that information, if it is available, and provide it to the Assembly.

MR PARTON: Minister, what stakeholder sectors have or are being consulted in developing the statement of requirement for that request for tender?

MS BERRY: All relevant stakeholders will be consulted during the process.

MRS JONES: Minister, what services will the request for tender cover?

MS BERRY: I do not have a comprehensive list of every type of different service that the current maintenance provider provides to Housing ACT, but it would and does include things like cleaning and maintaining houses once they are at the end of a lease, upgrades to kitchens, upgrades to the houses in general around carpeting and painting, any kind of minor repairs that are not repairs required to be done by the tenant as part

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