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Minister announces ACT Tennant and Garden of the year but avoids awarding Freeloader of the year award

By Jonathon Reynolds - 7 December 2005 64

Minister Hargreaves has announced the winners of the ACT (public housing) Tennant of the year and garden of the year awards. The media release can be read here .

Congratulations to these two people who seem more than worthy for the accolades they have been given – I’m sure they will be given a nice plaque for the wall or trophy to sit on the mantelpiece for their efforts.

There was great anticipation and expectation that the inaugural ACT Tennant Freeloader of the Year may have been awarded to fellow MLA Deb Foskey. Unfortunately it appears that Ms. Foskey missed out this year and can continue to sleep soundly in the knowledge that she continues to block (by insisting that she will remain living in a ACT Housing property instead of renting on the open market) those genuinely needier and on a fraction of her income, access to Government accommodation.

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Minister announces ACT Tennant and Garden of the year but avoids awarding Freeloader of the year award
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Jazz 8:28 am 10 Dec 05

ok, I’ll see if i can get to these in order.. & hopefully explain things in words of one sylable so that people can direct their anger at the real issue.

Mael – The ‘fart-in-the-wind’ market rents that you are complaining about (and have no actual evidence of) are set by an independant valuation company, not by Housing ACT. In the last 4 years those rent values have been adjusted (usually upwards) annually. There was/is an unwritten guideline that rents will not be adjusted upwards to harshly (more than around 10-15%) but in all cases Tenants are afforded the opportunity to appeal to the residential tenancy tribunal.

I have no recollection of Deb Foskey ever making an appeal (i had to adjust the rents after resolution)

I also note that you make a comment about hte 60 people earning more than $100k. Housing ACT DOES NOT collect income data on anyone who does not apply for a rental rebate. That means that there are OVER 1000 households where the actual income is unknown.

your real issue here is against security of tenure. and as you say, a hotly contested issue

Indi – no property maintennance and Bills are not considered subsidies. in any case the responsibility of Housing ACT to perform maintennance on its properties is the same as any landlord, private or public. Housing ACT does not provide utility services. they are up to the individual to connect.

Nyssa76 – yes it is true that some Housing ACT employees also live in public housing properties. There are a set of eligibilty criteria to 1. access the waiting list and 2. get a house. if at the time of assessment you meet both of these criteria you’ll find yourself living in public housing until you choose to leave. Those criteria assess such things as length of residency in the ACT, income and assets. what you do once you are in public housing is no different than if you were renting privately. The RTT will only support an eviction notice if you are in breach of your tenancy agreement.

terubo 4:18 pm 09 Dec 05

Enuff of this pedantry! Hope y’all have a good weekend, owner-occupiers in Charnwood and down-n-outers in Yarralumla alike 🙂

Maelinar 3:37 pm 09 Dec 05

I considered the use of the z, but thought I’d run with the s 🙂

bulldog 2:41 pm 09 Dec 05

Shouldn’t that be spelt ‘Americanized’?

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