Robyn Kruk and Houston, ArkansasRobyn Kruk AM (/ˈkrʌk/) is a retired senior Australian public servant and policymaker.Contents 1 Background and early life 2 Career 3 Awards 4 ReferencesBackground and early lifeKruk graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours). CareerKruk began her career in the NSW public sector in 1980. In July 2002 she was appointed Director-General of the Department of Health. She was in the role at the time of the Camden-Campbelltown hospital crisis, when whistleblower nurses made accusations that 19 deaths at the hospitals could have been avoided.At the end of her NSW public sector career she was Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. When Kruk left her top position in the Premier's department in 2008, the media reported that she told Premier Nathan Rees she no longer had the energy and commitment to continue. Shortly after, media stated that Kruk may have been concerned at excessive union influence and at the prominence of the NSW Finance Minister Joe Tripodi in mini-budget discussions.Kruk was appointed Secretary of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (later Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities) in March 2009. During her time at the department, she oversaw the Energy Efficient Homes Package, a program beset by controversy after four workers died in separate accidents linked to program installations and house fires were caused by insulation fitted poorly under the scheme. From September 2010, Kruk was suffering from cancer, and had to take extended sick leave from the role, with Paul Grimes acting in her position.On her return to work in 2011, following successful cancer treatment, Kruk was appointed the CEO and Commissioner of the newly established National Mental Health Commission.In 2014, she appeared before the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program. AwardsIn 2005, Kruk was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to public administration in New South Wales.
Houston, Arkansas and Robyn KrukFor the city in Texas, see Houston.Houston is a town in Perry County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 159 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Little Rock–North Little Rock–Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area.Contents 1 Geography 2 Demographics 3 Education 4 ReferencesGeographyHouston is located at 35°2′0″N 92°41′42″W / 35.03333°N 92.69500°W / 35.03333; -92.69500 (35.033460, -92.694938).According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.6 km² (1.0 mi²), all land. DemographicsAs of the census of 2000, there were 159 people, 74 households, and 48 families residing in the town. The population density was 60.8/km² (157.3/mi²). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 33.3/km² (86.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.97% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 1.26% Native American, and 3.14% from two or more races. 1.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.There were 74 households out of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.63.In the town the population was spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 80.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males.The median income for a household in the town was $25,000, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,130. About 5.4% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 18.8% of those sixty five or over. EducationEarly childhood, elementary and secondary school students attend one of two school districts: East End School District, which leads to graduation from Bigelow High School. Perryville School District, which leads to graduation from Perryville High School.
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