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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4427..


Papers

Mr Quinlan presented the following papers, which were circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting:

Financial Management Act-

Pursuant to section 25-Consolidated Annual Financial Statements-2002-2003 Financial Year, dated 29 October 2003.

Pursuant to section 26 (4)-September Quarterly Management Report-Financial quarter and year to date ending 30 September 2003.

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Radiation Act, pursuant to section 77-Radiation (Fees) Determination 2003 (No 1)-Disallowable instrument DI2003-247, including an explanatory statement.

Community housing

Ministerial statement

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and Minister for Arts and Heritage) (3.40): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a ministerial statement concerning the structure of community housing in Canberra.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: It is my pleasure, Mr Speaker, to announce the outcome of an extensive review of the structure of Community Housing Canberra Ltd (CHC). This body was established about five years ago as the vehicle for the transfer of 200 properties from public to community housing management. Since its establishment, a total of 209 properties have been transferred to CHC and the company has successfully undertaken the City Edge redevelopment in O'Connor.

CHC provider organisations have also successfully carried out tenancy management activities and have recorded high tenant satisfaction ratings in the national social housing survey. Despite these successes, concerns were expressed that the current company structure was inhibiting CHC's ability to grow and prosper.

The changes announced today will provide greater transparency and accountability. They will allow CHC to continue to utilise innovative private financing mechanisms to expand the community housing sector. The review was undertaken by a steering committee of officials from the Department of Housing, Disability and Community Services, Treasury, the Chief Minister's Department and the Department of Justice and Community Safety. It also included representatives from CHC and the chair of the Housing Advisory Committee.

The steering committee assessed possible corporate structures against a comprehensive set of principles set out by the government and was charged with recommending a


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