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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3272..


MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

to have either the unmet milestones or a variation on these delivered. If not, under the terms of the loan agreement, the moneys get repaid.

Qantas has suggested in negotiations that, in view of Impulse's changed circumstances and its new relationship with Qantas, there may now be more appropriate milestones. The ACT, Qantas and Impulse are scheduled to meet to discuss possible variations to the milestones. The government is willing to negotiate the milestones as long as substantial benefits are delivered to the ACT and the payments offered are commensurate with those benefits.

Housing

MR MOORE: Yesterday I took on notice a question from Ms Tucker with regard to single people on the housing waiting list. Her question referred to Lachlan Court, which was sold on 9 December 1999.

ACT Housing provides its new properties by a combination of purchase and construction. Between December 1999 and 31 July 2001, ACT Housing acquired 340 properties suitable for singles. Of those, 205 were bought; 135 were built. The properties comprised 56 one-bedroom flats 108 two-bedroom flats, 58 two-bedroom houses, 103 one-bedroom units for older persons accommodation and 15 two-bedroom units for older persons accommodation.

At 31 July 2001, contracts for a further 10 suitable properties had been exchanged but not settled, and there are another four suitable properties on which ACT Housing's offer has been accepted. ACT Housing remains committed to constructing about 26 units of older persons accommodation on one of the subdivided blocks at sections 46 and 47, Lyons. It also intends to spot purchase appropriate units in a private development on the other four blocks.

As at 23 August 2001, 35 per cent of people on ACT Housing waiting lists were single persons without dependants and 6 per cent were the single persons with access to children. That answers the last part of the supplementary question from Ms Tucker.

Drag racing

MR STEFANIAK: Yesterday Mr Berry asked me a question and indicated that he was somewhat uncertain as to part of my answer, so I am happy to assist him further. The question related to a study of the economic benefits of a new drag strip.

For several weeks now work has been progressing on the economic benefits of. and siting studies for, a potential new drag strip commissioned by the bureau of sport. I was happy for that to occur. I am happy to indicate to Mr Berry that there is, I think, $40,000. Part of that work should be completed very soon. I am advised that I should be receiving part of the full study, the economic benefit part, on either Friday , 31 August, or Tuesday, 4 September.

The siting study will probably take a couple more months. Fairly detailed work needs to be done there. The obvious site, I understand, is along Majura Road. Given that Mr Hargreaves wants to move the prison to Majura Road, I am a little bit concerned that


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