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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (18 November) . .

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The new housing will also allow us to better meet the diverse needs of our housing tenants and allow more people to age in familiar homes and communities. The majority of the homes are adaptable and are easily adjusted to support tenants living with a disability. This makes a huge difference to the quality of life of our tenants. It helps with some of the daily challenges that face tenants living in our older and larger complexes.

I am pleased to say that some of our tenants are already telling us that they are very happy having moved into their new homes.

Planning—variation 351

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Planning and refers to his decision of 23 October to finalise variation to the territory plan No 351 without referring it to the relevant committee of the Legislative Assembly. Minister, why did you forgo an inquiry into the variation to territory plan 351 by the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Municipal Services before you finalised the plan?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mrs Jones for her question. The reason for not referring it to the committee was explained at the time I tabled the variation and put it out and that was that there were very few submissions and I felt the issues raised in those submissions had been addressed.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, who did you consult about and what did you consider in your decision to finalise variation 351 without an inquiry by the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mrs Jones for her supplementary question. There were a number of items and issues raised during the consultation period for 351. As I said, I felt that those issues had been well addressed, so it was appropriate to provide approval for the variation. This is a process that is used frequently when there are only a few submissions.

Mrs Jones: On a point of order, the question was about who was consulted and what was considered: not the process but who, and what issues.

MADAM SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order. I refer the minister to standing order 118(a) and ask him to directly answer the question.

MR GENTLEMAN: There were a number of community members consulted during that period. I do not have the full list in front of me, but I am certainly happy to come back with that list.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

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