Page 4126 - Week 12 - Thursday, 1 December 2022

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Jabanungga Avenue—groundwater flooding

MS CASTLEY: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for City Services. Minister, residents have contacted me saying that groundwater on Jabanungga Avenue, Ngunnawal, is appearing down the road from where the rectification works are currently being carried out. Have you received a briefing from the directorate about this issue, and can you provide an update to the Assembly?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. As she is aware, the works are happening at Jabanungga Avenue and at another street in Ngunnawal to address the issues that have been raised by residents, after extensive investigation works. I am happy to take that on notice and provide an update.

MS CASTLEY: Will you confirm for the Assembly whether both spots on Jabanungga, in front of the roundabout and near Ngunnawal, will be fixed by late January 2023?

MR STEEL: I will take that on notice. Obviously, that is subject to ongoing La Nina weather conditions, which do impact on the construction of all construction projects.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, have you explained to residents why there is new groundwater, and the impact this will have on the roadworks?

MR STEEL: We think that there is the presence of a natural source of water in the area. With the current wet conditions there is a presence of water in that area. The purpose of this work is not only to repair the work but also to try and manage the stormwater and this natural source of water under the pavement. That is the purpose of the project, and we will see whether we can address that through the works that are under way.

Housing ACT—vacant land

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, previously in this place over a number of years we have discussed the public housing block opposite Wanniassa shops, at the corner of Langdon Avenue and Longmire Crescent, which was empty for some time and has now been demolished. Early in 2022 in a question without notice we discussed in this place that the house had been demolished over a year before while awaiting a new housing development. In your answer you said you would provide further information about the property. Minister, nearly a year after that QWON this block is still empty. Meanwhile the waiting list for public housing is growing. Minister, when will this block be built on to provide more public housing for Canberra families?

MS BERRY: I will have to take on notice the exact detail of the response Ms Lawder is after with regard to that particular block. However, I have also discussed at
length in this place the program of growth and renewal in the ACT with regard to public housing; how some housing is demolished, some homes are sold and new homes are purchased off the market to ensure that we grow our public housing by over 400 homes as per the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement and renew

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