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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 3861..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

truth. He does not do himself any service, he does not do any of the police officers any service, and he does not do the community any service by casting aspersions such as he does on the efficacy of our police. He is casting aspersions on the efficacy of the police.

Mr Pratt: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order under standing order 55, which relates to imputations. I am not casting aspersions on the police.

MR SPEAKER: It is a debatable point.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I have had it from a number of officers that they are sick and tired of this man casting aspersions on their efficacy. Why doesn't this man stop belting up the police and start tackling some other parts of his portfolios, instead of looking over his shoulder?

Housing—redevelopment

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Mr Hargreaves. Would the minister update the Assembly on the proposed joint venture redevelopments of the former Burnie Court site in Woden and Fraser Court in Kingston?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank Ms Porter for the question. I am pleased to advise the Assembly that negotiations are well advanced with the preferred tenderers for the joint venture redevelopment of the old Burnie Court site and the Fraser Court site. The government went to tender for joint venture partners for the redevelopment of the former Burnie Court site in Woden, Fraser Court in Kingston and Currong apartments in Braddon earlier this year.

The proposal for Fraser Court will involve the refurbishment and the extension of the units. This represents a sustainable outcome and provides an opportunity to accommodate the existing tenants who wish to remain at Fraser Court. The proposal for the former Burnie Court site is based on an accommodation type that will increase the housing alternatives close to the Woden town centre. It will also provide for the inclusion of social housing.

Members would be aware that Housing ACT has already constructed 24 older persons units on the Burnie Court site. I am pleased to advise that these units are due to be occupied this month.

Housing ACT is progressing negotiations with the preferred tenderers to establish the joint venture arrangements. The negotiations are commercial-in-confidence and it is expected that this process will be finalised in early December when further details of the joint ventures will be released publicly.

The call for joint ventures on the third site, the Currong flats in Braddon, did not produce any response that was acceptable to the territory. Housing ACT has commenced discussions with the industry about the most suitable development route for this site, with a view to achieving a return that is acceptable to the territory. I can state categorically that the government will not be engaging in a fire sale of the Currong site.


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