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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 26 November 2014) . . Page.. 4133 ..

I see that for the foundation of this motion Mr Coe has used the criticisms of the business case made by Mr David Hughes, a local resident who at one time worked for the ACT Treasury. No disrespect to Mr Hughes, but the government has used experienced and highly respected professionals, as well as best practice and robust methodologies, to undertake its business case analysis. I have read Mr Hughes’s criticisms, and to me it seems that in a general sense he does not like the way that cost-benefit methodologies are applied to public transport projects.

Debate (on motion by Mr Gentleman) adjourned to the next sitting.


Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (6.31): Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the high density housing project’s wood workshop at the Currong apartments on Ainslie Avenue. At this event I facilitated the donation of woodwork and garden furniture to Ainslie school’s principal, Kate Chapman. The beautifully crafted woodwork and furniture has been restored and constructed by participants in the wood workshop, and it will be raffled at the school’s end-of-year concert.

The funds raised will go towards the Ainslie school equity fund that allows disadvantaged kids, including Ainslie Avenue kids, to participate in school excursions, camps, music programs and after-school care. I met a number of the men and women who participate in the wood workshop. They explained to me that this weekly wood workshop provides them with a safe environment to learn woodwork skills, build positive relationships with their neighbours and find out how to access services.

The wood workshop is a very inclusive program with people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds participating. In fact, the group were quick to tell me that even though the workshop had initially been set up as a men’s work shed, the large number of female residents joining in the workshop since its inception meant it had to promptly change its name to the “wood workshop”. The workshop was delivered as part of the government’s high density housing safety and security project. This project is a multi-agency initiative aimed at targeting improved safety and security and building a sense of community at seven public housing sites along Ainslie Avenue. It was initiated in 2008 by the Labor government to support our property crime reduction strategy and continues to be an important component of the current strategy.

Research informing the strategy indicates that victimisation concentrates in certain areas, and public housing estates have increasingly become sites of economic and social disadvantage, physical deterioration and crime. The project has made significant inroads to addressing safety and security issues through community-building programs that involve Ainslie Avenue residents.

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