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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (1 May) . . Page.. 1295..


MR MOORE: We spoke of in the order of 20 to 30 per cent housing in there. We would still be looking at a high percentage of public housing in that area. Ms Tucker, you might remind me of the other question you asked.

Ms Tucker: Is it just for older people or is it a mix?

MR MOORE: Yes, the master plan indicates aged persons housing as part of the plan. You will see that when you look at the master plan proposals. But the plan has to be considered by PALM in the normal course, and alternative approaches may be suggested.

MS TUCKER: I have a supplementary question. I think you said there was a mix of ages to be accommodated. Given your commitment to adaptable housing or housing for life, have you considered methods such as conditions of sale or through the development control plan to ensure that all of the units across the site, in the privately built area as well where you will have a mix, will be designed according to housing for life principles?

MR MOORE: Ms Tucker, we will certainly take that idea and make sure it is incorporated at least to some extent. I will come back to you on the extent to which we should make that as a demand of the development process when the land is auctioned. I expect that the land will be auctioned.

Floriade

MR BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. Last week the Chief Minister announced that the Floriade fee was to be ditched, after years of tourism and community agitation over the issue. I think the relief in the community was palpable. There was a chorus of victory songs amongst the many who have been on this campaign for so many years. The Floriade liberation army were ecstatic about the success of their long campaign. Charles Ironside, a frequent letter writer to the Canberra Times on this issue, was also very happy. So this campaign has been rewarded at last with the government being ground into the dirt by the community over this issue.

MR SPEAKER: I am checking the ironical expression part of standing order 117. But go on, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: The killjoy from this minister was the announcement that the hated black fence was going to stay. I hear on the tom toms, Mr Speaker, that the Floriade liberation army have not given up on that one yet. I notice that trucks and earth moving equipment are going about their work on the site, and a fence is not needed for them. There was never a need for a fence before Floriade was held.

MR SPEAKER: Please ask your question.

MR BERRY: Could the Minister for Urban Services tell the Assembly whether there is a contract to erect the fence at Floriade and, if so, when was it let?

Mr Moore: The question was longer than my three answers put together.


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