Page 2637 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 21 September 2022

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The committee notes that the Better Regulation Taskforce is currently undertaking a review of short-term rental accommodation, and that the Standing Committee on Economy and Gender and Economic Equality is conducting an inquiry into housing and rental affordability. Furthermore, issues relevant to this topic may be raised through scrutiny of the planning bill once an inquiry is underway.

The committee believes that the impact of short-term holiday letting on the rental housing market is currently well covered by these reviews and inquiries, and it may wish to return to this topic after reviewing their results. For these reasons, the committee will not be inquiring further into the impact of short-term holiday letting on the rental housing market at this time.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by deputy chair

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (12.03): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A.

I wish to inform the Assembly that during the period 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2022 the standing committee considered no statutory appointments. In accordance with continuing resolution 5A, I will now table the schedule of statutory appointments considered during this reporting period. I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments—10th Assembly—Period 1 January to 30 June 2022.

Sitting suspended from 12.03 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Acton waterfront—procurement

MS LEE: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. In his report on the Acton waterfront project released last week, the Auditor-General found that the City Renewal Authority’s “management of the procurement and the contract … has been ineffective” and that the City Renewal Authority board provided “inadequate” attention to the procurement. The City Renewal Authority has been running this project for five years now. When will it be finished, and what will it actually cost to complete the project?

MR BARR: I take the question to mean the entire waterfront. I will presume it is that. The planning commenced in 2002, under the Howard government, and was finalised through a series of amendments to the National Capital Plan over the ensuing 15 years. The current project, which includes the extension to the boardwalk is at practical completion. The next stage involves the public park, and the bit of the project that is the reclaimed lakebed will need several years to settle before it will be open in its final form. It was always intended to be a multi-decade project, but in relation to the stage that is currently under construction, the boardwalk is at practical completion and other elements are a matter of months away.

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