Page 132 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 9 February 2022

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This funding supports the employment of many Canberrans and engages trades contractors to support Canberra’s economic recovery through the continued support of the trades sector and its suppliers. The maintenance program will be managed in parallel with the growth and renewal program to ensure high-quality public housing, while growing available public housing stock.

The Growing and Renewing Public Housing program supports the work of the ACT housing strategy, further supporting Canberra’s economic recovery through continued support of the construction industry and its suppliers. To continue the progress of the Growing and Renewing Public Housing program, the 2021-22 budget has allocated approximately $19 million, which will add to the overall revenue capacity to undertake the large 2021-22 program.

In 2021-22 the program will invest a total of $171 million in new dwellings, including expenditure on assisting 156 public housing households to relocate to allow for sale or redevelopment of properties; building a strong pipeline of work in progress, with over 800 dwellings in the design, planning and construction phases of the program; demolishing 91 properties so that new homes can be built on their sites; purchasing 22 land sites from the Suburban Land Agency to build new homes on; constructing 116 new dwellings; and purchasing off the plan at least an additional 69 dwellings.

In sport and recreation, the ACT government is also progressing a number of key investments. In our sporting infrastructure we are supporting local clubs and the community, with the ACT boasting the highest sporting participation rate in the country. The 2021-22 budget provided funding for the construction of the Throsby Home of Football. Pending DA approval, construction works for the Throsby Home of Football project are anticipated to commence in 2022. Work is continuing on the Phillip district enclosed oval. Consultation with key sport stakeholder groups is currently ongoing, with Territory Plan amendments due to be released soon.

Grevillea Park dragon boating, the new home for dragon boating in the ACT, is progressing, with design plans near competition and works approval applications due to be completed in the first half of this year. The estate development plan for the Gungahlin tennis facility is currently being progressed, in consultation with Tennis ACT, and is ongoing.

As you can see, there are currently a lot of things happening to support the ACT economy across my portfolio areas. More importantly, the government’s investments will also work to support the future of the Canberra community and its wellbeing though the implementation of some key measures: more support for our students and more spots for kids to attend public schools; more support for women to return to work, contributing to and benefitting the Canberra economy; more homes for Canberrans who need them most; and more facilities for Canberrans to participate in sport and recreation across the ACT.

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Seniors, Veterans, Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health and Minister for Mental Health) (10.34): I would like to thank the Chief Minister for his

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