Page 826 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 6 April 2022

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Early indications from the consultation show that the preferred play space at Banambila Street playground is well used by the Aranda community—approximately 70 per cent of respondents—and more than 80 per cent of respondents to date are supportive of that location as the site for the upgrade. Of course, there is still time to have your say before 5 May. The community can come forward and give their views about where they would like to see this new play space upgrade occur.

MR RATTENBURY: Can you please provide an update on the consultation about the Casey recreational park?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. While it is not necessarily relevant to the original one, we are also consulting on the CRIP park—the recreational irrigated park. This will be a fantastic space for the community in Casey and the broader Gungahlin region. The concept plan has been released, because we have already undertaken consultation with the Casey community on this. That has helped to inform the development of a concept plan. We are seeking feedback on that plan at the moment. There is a Your Say page where people can give their feedback on what they would like to see—whether they agree with the designs, whether they would like to see changes to the designs before we finalise those and go into construction.

Public housing—disability access

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the minister for housing. Minister, the recent report on government services showed that only 59 per cent of those living with disability currently in public housing were satisfied with the amenity of their public housing. This is a drop of 10 per cent from previous years. Why is there such a big drop in satisfaction?

MS BERRY: This is exactly why the ACT government is conducting its growth and renewal program, to ensure that homes in the ACT actually meet the needs of their tenants. We have committed to an additional 1,000 renewed homes in the ACT. That will mean that people who have disabilities will be able to live in homes that specifically meet their needs—class C adaptable as a minimum—to ensure that they can age in space and that their abilities and disabilities are noted as far as their housing choices.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, how many times are houses inspected to ensure that they are up to the right standard?

MS BERRY: It can depend on the housing tenant’s needs. Sometimes those visits will occur more regularly; sometimes they will not need to occur at all in a shorter period of time. If Mr Milligan has a specific circumstance that he wants to have investigated, if he can contact my office, we can do that.

DR PATERSON: Minister, can you outline how the housing renewal project will make public housing more inclusive to meet tenants’ needs in the ACT?

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