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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4420 ..


The Community Co-Chair of the Disability Reference Group provided input to Actsmart to assist with the campaign guidelines via the Office for Disability.

Actsmart also talked with the Office for Disability who extended their appreciation that the Straws Suck campaign is not a ban rather it is an opportunity to consider the necessity of straws, which are, indeed, necessary for some. The campaign is designed to encourage vendors to rethink giving a plastic straw to every patron regardless of whether they want one or not, and provides patrons the opportunity to rethink their need for a plastic straw.

Housing—affordability

Ms Berry (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Le Couteur on Thursday, 20 September 2018):

Can the minister advise on the progress of the development, sale and construction of these dwellings?

All the sites with affordable housing targets listed in the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency (Housing Target) Determination 2018 (No 1) have been sold to developers by the Suburban Land Agency, except for Lawson Stage 2 which is being sold as an englobo release and the Strathnairn sites which are being developed as part of the Ginninderry Joint Venture.

Lawson Stage 2 was released to the market in June 2018 via an expression of interest process, and sale is anticipated to be concluded later this financial year. The first stage of Strathnairn is currently under construction. As at 27 September 2018, 26 of the affordable dwellings set out in the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency (Housing Target) Determination 2018 (No 1) have been sold to lower income home purchasers.

As at 21 September 2018, there are currently four Development Applications lodged with the Planning Authority for sites released in 2017-18 with affordable housing targets. 52 affordable dwellings are required to be delivered from these developments in Greenway, Taylor and Wright.

To date, none of these developments have been made available to eligible home purchasers. It is expected that, given the anticipated timing of the development applications, developers or their agents will be able to start contacting registrants from the affordable home purchase database towards the end of 2018.

The public housing target sites in Gungahlin Town Centre, and Section 10 Greenway are being delivered by the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce. In the Gungahlin Town Centre (Block 1, Section 248, and Block 4, Section 249, Gungahlin) the construction of 64 Public Housing dwellings is underway with completion expected in early 2019. On Block 5 Section 28, Greenway, construction of 25 Public Housing dwellings by the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce is underway with completion expected in early 2019.


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