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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3522..


Housing - Single People

(Question No. 200)

Mr Wood asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In view of the identified shortfall of accommodation for single people,

(1) What measures are continuing to increase this type of stock

Mr Smyth: The answer to the Member's question is as follows:

Positive action is being taken to ensure the public housing stock available for single persons is maintained at an adequate level.

As part of the current stock rejuvenation strategy, 45 dwellings for single people were purchased through the spot purchase and construction programs during 1998/99. A further 14 have been purchased or constructed in this financial year to 1 October 1999.

Current strategies to replace ageing stock with new stock include actively encouraging the property and building industries to develop multi-unit sites which include suitable flats for single persons for full or partial sale to ACT Housing.

Single person accommodation continues to be available at Burnie Court and Oaks Estate. Generally there is some single person accommodation always available.

Burnie Court will be redeveloped as recently announced.

ACT Housing is also providing 200 additional properties for aged people


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