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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (17 November) . . Page.. 5087..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

But these are things that will need to be pursued incrementally as resources permit and, in the context of the fantastic arrangement that we have with our partners, the Greens, we will be looking at their priorities. If the Jerrabomberra to Hume transitway is a priority of the Greens, then of course we will almost certainly do that ahead of Canberra Avenue.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary question.

MS HUNTER: With regard to transport links between Queanbeyan and Canberra, has the government investigated or cooperated with the Queanbeyan City Council in order to coordinate an intercity car pooling scheme?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Hunter. Yes, it is fair to say that in the regular quarterly meetings which I now hold as a matter of course with the mayor of Queanbeyan, Mayor Tim Overall, we have discussed-it has actually been a feature and perhaps the main subject of discussion at our last two meetings over the last three and a bit months-the opportunities that exist for us to cooperate far more closely than we have historically around transport. Indeed, I think you would be aware that at the last but one meeting, which was about three months ago, both the mayor and I received, respectively, briefings from officials of our respective jurisdictions on current plans that we each have that would impact across the border in relation to those roads and networks that are relevant to each of us.

Indeed, Ms Hunter, coincidentally, I met in the last week or so-the last two weeks-with Mayor Overall for our latest meeting. The subject that we each agreed to investigate as an outcome was the capacity of park and ride and a greater capacity to coordinate car use. It is a subject that we are discussing. We have specifically discussed it in the context of park and ride opportunities and other opportunities to reduce the number of people relying on the motor car to cross the border. It is something that we have agreed to work together to actively pursue.

Housing-public

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services. Minister, what is the government's strategy for dealing with tenants engaging in antisocial or disruptive behaviour?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Coe for the question. We do have an interest in our tenants. We are the largest landlord in the ACT. But in response to disruptive behaviour, this government made an amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act in July 2008 which allows Housing ACT to seek a general order in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. A general order requires a tenant to refrain from certain conduct in order to comply with their lease and, if a tenant breaches the lease or allows a breach to occur, an eviction may result.

To date, Housing ACT has made 53 applications seeking a general order on the basis of noise and disturbance. The ACT has generally been supportive of Housing ACT seeking these orders, and members have commented on a number of occasions when


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