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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 25 August 2011) . . Page.. 3986 ..


With respect to the ACT Government’s Affordable Housing Action Plan, there are 8 specific objectives by which support is measured for housing options for the elderly. These are outlined at www.actaffordablehousing.com.au.

Each of these objectives are specifically measured and reported in regular updates on the progress of the Affordable Housing Action Plan.

(1)(e) Any new initiatives will be considered in the normal budget context, considered against the full range of competing priorities.

(2) The ACT Government is not directly responsible for the construction of homes across the territory so therefore does not set a housing supply target. The ACT Government does however work closely with the building and development industry on a number of levels to ensure that a required level of housing is supplied to the ACT market.

In the first instance, statistics on population growth and household formation are used in producing an ACT Government estimate of the underlying demand for new housing. These estimates are discussed with industry and released publically each year. In addition, information on recent actual housing supply is published by the Economic Development Directorate each quarter in the publication Residential Land and Building Activity.

Secondly, in order to facilitate the construction of the required amount of dwellings, the ACT Government undertakes an annual land release program in which targets are set for the release of land to the public and to the private development industry. In the most recent financial year a total of 5,048 dwelling sites were released – the highest level in the Territory since self government.

(3) The Government has indicated it will release an updated housing affordability strategy by February 2012. Initiatives not already funded and published in the 2011-12 Budget will be considered in the normal budget context, considered against all of the issues competing for Government’s limited resources.

(4) The Government has indicated it will release an updated housing affordability strategy by February 2012.

(5) 2011-12 Budget Paper 4, pages 381-396 outlines the activity for the Housing ACT portfolio.

Redevelopment of public housing properties will continue in 2011-2012. This includes progressing the work initiated on the redevelopment of Bega and Allawah Court and Currong Apartments in Braddon and Reid. Discussions are underway with the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate about a Territory Plan variation for the area.

A design competition has also been announced for the Northbourne Flats, with the aim of redesigning the flats in Braddon and Turner. There has been strong interest in the design competition. A winner is expected to be announced in October 2011. The Government committed $8 million in 2011-12 in addition to the $8 million to improve the energy efficiency of public housing through upgrading/improving building shells, insulation and draught sealing and other improvements to enhance the liveability of public housing.

(6) Any new initiatives will be considered in the normal budget context, considered against the full range of competing priorities.


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