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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4016..


(1) The Land Development Agency has administered this program on behalf of the Government since its establishment on 1 July 2003.

(2) As stated in (1), LDA administers the Direct Sales program on behalf of the Government to ensure that Canberrans continue to enjoy good access to services and facilities, such as sport and recreation facilities, community facilities and religious and cultural facilities as outlined in the Government's Canberra Spatial Plan.

(3) The ACT Planning and Land Authority identifies land for community use, in accord with the requirements of the Territory Plan. The Authority confirms the availability of land for community purposes.

Currong Apartments

(Question No 567)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 26 August 2005:

(1) Do students residing at Currong Apartments have Housing ACT tenancy agreements, coordinated by Havelock Housing Association and the Association for Post Secondary Student Accommodation, until some point in December 2005; if so, what decisions have you made about extending leases for the students at Currong beyond December 2005;

(2) If the leases cannot be extended due to any plans for redevelopment of the Currong site, what consideration is to be given to relocating or assisting the tenants to find an alternative form of accommodation.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No, eligible students, residing at Currong Apartments do not have residential tenancy agreements with Housing ACT. They have tenancy agreements with Havelock Housing Association (HHA) and the Association for Post Secondary Student Accommodation (APSSA) strictly for the 2005 academic year. Students have been advised of this in writing, both at the time of signing of their lease and also on 10 June 2005, in accordance with the requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act.

(2) The intention is to make Currong Apartments available for student accommodation in 2006. If the existing students do not choose to remain there in 2006, they will need to make their own arrangements for alternative accommodation. There are services available at each of the local universities to assist students in their accommodation needs.

ACTION—bicycle racks

(Question No 571)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 26 August 2005, (redirected to the Minister for Planning):

(1) Why was there nil capital expenditure recorded for (a) "Real time information system at bus interchanges"and (b) "Bicycle racks on ACTION buses"as at the end of the 2004-05 March quarter;


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