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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 3064..

By Mr Barr, Treasurer, dated 28 June 2012, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Porter on 27 March 2012 concerning CTP insurance for taxis.

By Mr Corbell, Attorney-General, dated 24 July 2012, in response to petitions lodged by Ms Porter and Mr Corbell on 1, 3 and 8 May 2012 concerning the Retirement Villages Bill 2012.

By Ms Burch, Minister for the Arts, dated 29 July 2012, in response to petitions lodged by Mrs Dunne and Ms Le Couteur on 7 June 2012 concerning the Fitters Workshop.

The terms of the responses will be recorded in Hansard.

Housing—Northbourne Flats—petition No 132

The response read as follows:

The ACT Government notes the petition by the petitioners, tabled by Ms Amanda Bresnan MLA on 1 May 2012, and makes the following comments:

The ACT Government notes the concerns of some residents of the Australian Capital Territory about the residents of the Northbourne Flats.

The Government believes that the redevelopment of the Northbourne Flats provides an opportunity to deliver economic, social and sustainable benefits.

The intention is to retain 10 per cent of the development for public housing. This will provide some tenants who wish to remain on the site with the opportunity to do so. Other tenants may take this as an opportunity to move to a dwelling in another location. They may choose to find housing that is closer to work, family or where they study.

The tenants will remain Housing ACT tenants and Housing ACT will work with the tenants to understand their needs and to determine the most appropriate location for them.

Housing ACT has kept the tenants informed by way of letter about the issues associated with the redevelopment of the Northbourne Flats. This included a study to assess the heritage value of the place, as well as the design competition.

Since November 2011, when the winning entry of the design competition was announced, there have been two meeting held by Housing ACT, to which all tenants of the Northbourne Flats were invited. The last meeting was held on 1 March 2012.

Information about the redevelopment of the Northbourne Flats was provided at the meetings. People attending the meetings had the opportunity to ask questions on issues that were of importance to them.

As the project progresses, further meetings will be held to which tenants will be invited.

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