Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA

Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA

Minister for Housing; Fisheries; Veterans Issues; Asian Engagement

    State to provide act of grace payment to Denishar Woods’ family

    29/08/2018 3:40 PM
    • Payment will buy specially modified vehicle to meet family's transport needs
    • Government will continue to offer all possible support for Denishar and family 

    Housing Minister Peter Tinley today confirmed the family of 11-year-old Denishar Woods, who received a near-fatal electric shock from a garden tap at a public housing property in March, will receive an act of grace payment.


    The act of grace payment will purchase a specially modified vehicle, costing up to $100,000, that will allow Denishar and her family the ability to easily transport her in a wheelchair.


    The family is currently pursuing legal action against the State Government over the tragic accident that is still the subject of an ongoing formal investigation by the Building and Energy Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.


    Mr Tinley met Denishar's mother, Lacey Harrison, and her support team in May, reassuring them that the State Government would do all it could to support the family through the crisis.


    Following the accident, the family was provided alternative accommodation and the Department of Communities has since overseen extensive structural modifications to the property to ensure its suitability for Denishar's care on discharge from hospital.


    Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:


    "The State Government is determined to assist Denishar and her family through this terrible time and is continuing to provide a wide range of support services to the family.


    "Specific processes and protocols are in place to deal with situations like these where tragic accidents occur. It is unfortunate, but unavoidable, that sometimes things do not progress as quickly as we'd like.


    "However, I can only reiterate that the State Government will get to the bottom of this incident, identify its causes and, wherever possible, prevent it happening again."


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