Page 3579 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 22 November 2022

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I have raised these types of issues with the relevant ministers, such as those responsible for city services and planning, on a few occasions, but there has been no action taken. It is disappointing that the government is so determined on their war on cars that they have failed to legislate for basic car park requirements for the areas of the ACT that need them, and it has taken Ms Orr to bring forward this petition to highlight that fact.

Once again, it is the same one that I have highlighted in relation to Greenway. What Ms Orr has highlighted in Gungahlin is no different to what we are seeing in some areas of Tuggeranong and, I am sure, many other areas of Canberra as well. I hope that the government will take the concerns raised in Ms Orr’s petition seriously, as well as the comments made by Ms Castley relating to parking for businesses in the area, and start investigating how to improve this issue across Canberra.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (10.22): I rise today to report on the progress that has been made in the fourth year of implementing the ACT Housing Strategy, and present the ACT Housing Strategy year 4 report card.

The achievements recorded in this report card demonstrate the commitment of the ACT government to delivering housing outcomes for all Canberrans. Of the 74 actions outlined in the housing strategy, 27 actions have been completed, 39 are either progressing or continuing and only one remains in development. Of the strategy’s seven annual actions, all have been completed over the last year. The housing strategy goal of achieving an equitable, diverse and sustainable supply of housing for the ACT community continues to be of central importance for the growth of the city.

The ACT government continues to provide land for residential development through the annual indicative land release program. The ACT government is not the only provider of residential land and housing; the private sector, and other organisations also provide a range of housing for Canberrans. The government is committed to delivering housing for Canberrans across all income levels through a range of initiatives. While the ACT’s comparatively high average wages make housing more affordable for most Canberrans, people on lower incomes find it increasingly difficult to compete in our private rental market, and where the private market has failed it is up to the government to step in and take action. It is impossible to overstate the connection between safe secure housing and positive life outcomes. And it is for this reason that the ACT government and the housing strategy, prioritises actions focused on households with low to moderate incomes and those most at risk of homelessness.

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