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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 2935


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for

Social Services, upon notice:

(1)   How many senior citizens' centres have been provided in each State and Territory under the provisions of the States Grants (Home Care) Act.

(2)   Does capital expenditure incurred in respect of senior citizens' centres by (a) local government authorities, (b) service clubs, (c) churches, (d) trade unions and (e) aged persons organisations qualify for subsidy under the Act.

(3)   How many welfare officers are now subsidised under the Act.

(4)   Are any subsidies paid in respect of the salaries of welfare officers or social workers employed by local government authorities.


Mr Wentworth (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Fifty-eight (58) grants have been made to date under the provisions of the States Grants (Home Care) Act, to help meet the cost of constructing or extending senior citizens' centres, as follows:

 

(2)   The Act provides that where a State or local governing body has incurred expenditure for the purpose of meeting in whole or in part the approved capital cost of an approved senior citizens' centre the Commonwealth may pay to the State an amount equal to one half of the amount so expended, up to a maximum of one-third of the approved capital cost of the project. Contributions to projects by service clubs, churches, trade unions and aged persons organisations are not eligible for reimbursement.

(3)   Eleven.

(4)   Yes. Two.







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