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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 November 2021) . . Page.. 3608 ..

we had that discussion around the motor accidents insurance scheme and going out for actuarial advice and other advice where necessary to be able to review the filings of insurers. It happens right across the board to make sure that we have the best advice possible to make decisions about a range of different issues that impact the territory.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, as a risk mitigation measure will you commit to providing proper resources to government entities?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. Of course the ACT government ensures that all of our agencies are properly resourced to undertake the functions of government.

Planning—housing choices

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, how is the planning system helping Canberrans remain in their local communities?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Pettersson for his interest in looking after the local community. The population of the ACT is the second youngest in Australia, but is also ageing. As people get older, they seek options to downsize, and the ACT government is committed to ensuring that older Canberrans can move to a smaller property but stay in the communities that they have called home for so long.

The demonstration housing project includes several projects that assist older Canberrans to remain in their communities. I recently tabled a variation to the Territory Plan that will allow a small group of retirees to share a co-housing space in Ainslie. The group will have a common space with a meals area and guest bedroom, but couples will be able to keep their own private villas as well. This co-housing development is proposed for O’Connor, and I understand that the people behind the project will be starting consultations soon.

The ACT government is ensuring that Canberrans have a wide range of housing options that suit their needs at different life stages. We are responding to community demand for innovative ideas in housing by testing these ageing-in-place ideas through the demonstration housing project.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how is the planning system helping younger Canberrans?

MR GENTLEMAN: With a release of a mix of different housing at different price points, allowing young people to—

Mr Parton interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Parton, no more.

MR GENTLEMAN: It will enable younger people to get a foot in the door, or upgrade, depending on what their needs are. Providing options for older Canberrans to

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