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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2010) . . Page.. 2426 ..


MR COE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, who and how many tenants will be invited to apply for these new properties? What criteria will be used to assess the applications?

MS BURCH: Out of the 297 older person units that I was talking about, we went out with clear criteria. It was older persons units. People over the age of age of 65 who are public housing tenants were able to apply. We had over 370 applications for 297 properties. So there was clearly a strong interest in our older public housing tenants to access these new properties.

Their interest is driven because these are sensible, purpose-built properties for older Canberrans. They have a high energy rating. They are two-bedroom properties. They are purpose built to suit ageing in place. They have raised garden beds, they have good security, they are located in eight sites across Canberra—in Condor, Bonython, Curtin, Kambah, Macquarie, Chapman, Florey and Rivett. That suits where they currently—

Mr Coe: Point of order, Mr Speaker. My question was about the criteria used to choose the applications, not about the features of the actual properties.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Burch.

MS BURCH: The location is actually an important part of the expressions of interest. It allows those that are in a particular regional area of Canberra to have access to older persons units within their sites. If you live in Gungahlin, then you are able to live on the northside. If you live at Condor, you are able to access those sites in Condor, Bonython or, indeed, Kambah. I think the location of—

Mr Coe: Point of order, Mr Speaker. The question I asked was about what selection criteria the department is going to be using to assess the applications. The minister still has not addressed that, and I ask her to do so now.

MR SPEAKER: Minister Burch, in your remaining time.

MS BURCH: In the remaining time, if you had listened to the beginning, I would have said that they were open to older tenants. (Time expired.)

Mr Coe: You are a master politician.

Mr Doszpot: Mr Speaker—

Mr Hanson: Some MLAs don’t deserve this.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you are undermining your own colleague. Mr Doszpot has the call.


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