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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (12 August) . .

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as the problems of Northbourne Avenue to another area of Canberra. It is calling on the government to report back to the Assembly in September 2015 on their progress in achieving these things.

This government needs to be more transparent and accountable about its public housing renewal program, including its plans for how it locates new housing properties. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events) (11.33): I move:

Omit all words after "notes", substitute:

"the Government:

(a) is determined to deliver the first stage of a light rail network that will tackle congestion between Gungahlin and the City, provide 3500 jobs in Canberra over the course of construction, increase Canberra's economic competitiveness, and reduce the ACT's greenhouse gas emissions;

(b) is pursuing the biggest public housing renewal in Canberra's history, replacing 1288 ageing and inappropriate public housing with new homes that will provide the kinds of housing our public housing tenants need;

(c) is consulting with public housing tenants about their needs, including which locations will most suit;

(d) in responding to the needs of tenants relocating from housing along Northbourne Avenue, will provide replacement housing within the 800m corridor either side of the Capital Metro line where possible;

(e) recognises large concentrations of public housing in a single location can create pockets of disadvantage; and

(f) is committed to maintaining the 'salt and pepper' approach to public housing, including along Northbourne Avenue and in new suburban developments, to avoid creating pockets of disadvantage; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) continue its public housing renewal program;

(b) work with public housing tenants affected by the renewal program to identify their individual needs, including location; and

(c) ensure that new public housing is cost-effective to build and maintain for the Government and to live in for tenants.".

My amendment outlines the government's determination to deliver the first stage of the light rail network that will tackle congestion between Gungahlin and the city,


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