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5. Director, Tenant Relocations, can approve or deny applications for discretion.

6. As of 20 April 2022, 8 tenants have engaged with Tenant Relocation Officers and have requested exemption from the Program from the recipients of the 337 letters sent to impacted tenants in February 2022. These requests will be considered upon finalisation of the Tenant Relocation Discretionary Panel. The Tenant Relocation Officers will continue to engage with tenants and support services about the process.

7. To date 9 tenants have been granted discretion and 1 application for discretion has been denied. Subsequently this tenant has agreed to move and will be relocating within the next month.

8. The decision to deny the application for discretion was made in accordance with the following considerations:

The tenant’s health conditions were acknowledged by all members;

The redevelopment of the property will provide a return yield of 3 dwellings;

Housing ACT has limited land assets remaining within the suburb and must carefully utilise these assets to ensure it can provide the number and type of public housing dwellings needed in the area;

The age of the property;

There are suitable replacement properties that will meet the tenant’s request to remain in the preferred location; and

Alternative options exist for the tenant to temporarily relocate to transitional accommodation and be permanently relocated back to the same address once redevelopment is completed.

Environmental Protection Authority—environmental authorisations
(Question No 760)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Business and Better Regulation, upon notice, on 8 April 2022 (redirected to the Minister for Business and Better Regulation):

(1) Has the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) ever granted the ACT Government an Environmental Authorisation; if so, (a) since 2014, when were the authorisations granted, (b) what were they granted for, for example, what environmental policy was the ACT Government asking for an exemption and (c) did the EPA test the ACT Government’s environmental authorisation activities; if so, has the ACT Government ever breached its environmental authorisation; if not; why not.

(2) If the Government has breached its environmental authorisation, (a) what was the environmental authorisation for and when was it granted by the EPA, (b) were any reports completed by EPA or the ACT Government on how/why it breached the environmental authorisation and (c) was the breach of the environmental authorisation made public at the time EPA became aware that ACT Government breached its environmental authorisation.

Ms Cheyne: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

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