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discuss changes that could support further housing, including single dwellings, within the existing urban footprint.

The draft district strategies are based on projections for an approximately 25-year horizon to 2046 and a longer-term horizon post 2060. Those draft district strategies have informed the preparation of the district policies and district specifications in the draft new Territory Plan. These strategic and statutory documents will inform and guide the development of future areas and what land might be available for release through the Indicative Land Release Program. The ACT government Indicative Land Release Program is an important tool, supporting the supply of land to meet the needs of our growing and changing city. The future supply of land and development in the ACT will increasingly rely not only on contributions from the ACT government but also on opportunities with the commonwealth government and private sector.

The ACT government Indicative Land Release Program is also a tool that we use to support the 70 per cent policy. Forecast housing demand plays an important role in shaping the Indicative Land Release Program and the timely release of land to enable housing construction to meet that demand. The residential release component of the 2022-23 to 2026-27 Indicative Land Release Program provides for the release of land to support 16,417 dwellings over the next five years to assist in addressing the demand for new housing. The indicative releases set down for 2022-23 would provide for 72 per cent of dwellings to be built within the existing urban footprint and 28 per cent in greenfield areas.

The ACT government remains committed to providing a diversity of housing choices for Canberrans both now and into the future. Delivering this means ensuring the territory heeds the lessons of other jurisdictions and ensures new growth in areas that are close to employment, health care, school services and infrastructure, and accounts and prepares for climate change. This is best achieved by continuing to work to provide up to 70 per cent of new development within the existing urban footprint and to identify land for medium density development. The recently released changes to the existing planning system reflect this. The government policy remains consistent with this approach and aligns with planning for the future to support key social, environmental, climate change and economic imperatives for the ACT, including a carbon neutral future.

I present the following paper:

Land release program—Ministerial statement, 22 November 2022

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Amendment Bill 2022

Mr Gentleman, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

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