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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3926..


Mr Humphries: But it is now true that they are going up, isn't it?

MR STANHOPE: They are going up in October, yes, but that was not the question. Let us have a look at Hansard tomorrow and see what Mr Pratt said in his question, and then we will compare it and see where we go.

Adaptable housing

MR WOOD: Ms Tucker asked me a question about adaptable housing on Tuesday. I have a fairly long answer. I ask that it be incorporated in Hansard so that members can read it there.

Leave granted.

The answer read as follows:

QUESTION TAKEN ON NOTICE ON TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2002 FROM KERRIE TUCKER MLA CONCERNING ADAPTABLE HOUSING

IN THE NEW DEVELOPMENT IN LYONS

● ACT Housing intends to sell the land from the former Burnie Court over the next few months in three separate parcels.

● In addition it intends to retain the southernmost portion of the site for between 24 and 28 older persons' units and a development application for this development is expected to be lodged next month. The units will be in a three storey building with secure underground parking and lift access to all floors

● ACT Housing's older persons' units are built to allow for adaptation if the tenants need wheelchairs although in most cases tenants suffer reduced mobility as they age without the need for full wheelchair access.

● All the new developments will be required to meet PALM's requirements for accessibility with the need for 10% of units to be fully adaptable. Where the topography allows, communal open space areas are also required to be adaptable.

● It is not clear at this stage what the private sector will build on the land it purchases. The site allows three-storey development which could be apartments or townhouses. ACT Housing has indicated that its decisions on the numbers of properties it acquires in the developments will depend on the type and costs of units developed and whether they meet its priorities for acquisition.

● At present, for example, ACT Housing is concentrating on two bedroom properties in most areas together with three bedroom houses and townhouses in developing areas and larger properties to meet identified needs in particular areas.

● Housing for people with reduced mobility and/or significant disability is also a priority.

● The Government is keen to promote the provision of adaptable housing throughout the ACT. In particular, PALM requires that any multi unit development of 10 units or over has 10% of its properties built to an adaptable standard.


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