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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 20 May 1993) . . Page.. 1714 ..


MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

QUESTION NO 686

Housing Trust Properties - Suburban

Constructions and Purchases

MR CORNWELL: Asked the Minister for Housing and Community Services -

In relation to the Ministers acknowledgment that " no doubt most of those people would prefer to be living in a detached house on a block but we simply,, dont have vast quantities of houses to give away. "(2CN 5 April 1993)

(1) If the Minister is aware that the majority of people currently housed in inner city flats would prefer to live in the suburbs, why does the Minister continue to maintain that the number of flats in the inner city must be maintained at the expense of purchasing or building housing, either in the form of separate dwellings or small medium density complexes, in the suburban areas.

(2) Why is the Trust not making every effort to increase the percentage of public housing in suburban areas which are below the average.

(3) During 1992, how many Trust (a) houses and (b) flats or units were built or purchased, by suburb, throughout Canberra and what was their total price.

MR CONNOLLY: The answer to the Members question is as follows

(1) The Housing Trusts flat complexes in the inner city will be maintained as rental stock until such time as they cease to be economically viable to maintain, or options for redevelopment or sale of individual complexes, with subsequent purchase of replacement properties, can be realised. At present no such options are under investigation.

(2) The Housing Trust is making every effort to increase the stock of public housing within the level of resources available.

(3) The following table provides details of construction and purchases for the 1991/92 financial year. It demonstrates that there is a mixed strategy involving separate dwellings, small medium density complexes in suburban areas, aged persons units in inner and middle urban areas and . urban infill projects.

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