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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 6 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2059..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

the general legislative regime that deals with security of tenure and so on in terms of tenancies and other forms of habitation. But, in relation to the particular decision about the ownership model for the long-stay caravan park, it is better that you direct that to the responsible minister and they will be able to provide you with a clearer answer.

In relation to the issue around reform of the Residential Tenancies Act to provide for greater security of tenure for people who live in mobile home type accommodation, that is a matter that the government is giving further consideration to but I am unable to give you a more detailed time frame at this stage.

Dr Foskey: Could the question be taken on notice?

MR CORBELL: Yes. I am happy to take it on notice.

Gas-fired power station

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Chief Minister and relates to the direct sale of land for the development of the power station and data centre in the district of Tuggeranong. Chief Minister, is the direct sale of land for a data centre and power station conditional on the development of a gas-fired power station that would provide a back-up power generation source for the whole of the ACT on the same site?

MR STANHOPE: The option for a direct sale of the land the subject of the question is subject to a number of conditions. I must say that I am not quite sure that I have the range of the conditions that were imposed with me today. I am more than happy to check my memory of the conditions that were included within the option that has been extended for the facility. It was a 12-month option. It certainly was most significantly based on a requirement that the proponents of the development manage to gain approval for the development application, which is a necessary part of the statutory approval process.

First and foremost, I can confirm that yes, there is an option for the direct sale of land in the district of Tuggeranong the subject of the question the member asks. Yes, there are a number of conditions. The most significant of those conditions is that the direct sale would not proceed unless the development application the subject of the proposed development were approved. That, of course, is reasonable and sensible and is at the heart of the debate or the discussion that we are having in relation to this incredibly important initiative for Canberra and for the district.

As to the specifics, I do not have those with me. I would prefer, for the sake of absolute certainty, not to hazard a guess. I will seek what information I am able and provide it happily to the Assembly.

Housing—affordability

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Chief Minister. Can the Chief Minister advise the Assembly of the government's latest initiatives in the area of housing affordability to get the territory ready for the future?


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