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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 9 May 2018) . . Page.. 1681 ..

I want to thank everyone who got involved in the conversation. I am pleased to report that we received significant feedback from the community, with 600 surveys completed, more than 340 people engaged at community kiosks, and over 150 written submissions received. An engagement report with a full summary of the feedback received has been published on the your say website, along with all of the individual submissions.

This report will inform the second stage of community engagement, the collaboration hub, which will run from May to July this year. A number of key themes or topics have been identified, including but not limited to ageing in place and ability to downsize; housing design quality; bush capital and garden city; climate and environment; community engagement; neighbourhood amenity, character and design; the planning system in general; and the Territory Plan codes and zoning.

What we have heard so far in the process is that there is a wide range of housing types desired and needed to suit the needs of the diverse members of our community.

MS ORR: Minister, can you further explain how the government is consulting the community on the housing choices project through the collaboration hub?

MR GENTLEMAN: The next part of the housing choices consultation is the collaboration hub. Launched on Saturday, 5 May, it will explore issues such as what zoning should allow, and what provisions and principles Canberrans agree are important to deliver the housing we want and to plan for future needs. The next three months will see these 38 participants discuss ideas, opportunities and challenges and explore how our housing needs might be met in future.

In March invitations to participate in the collaboration hub were sent to approximately 15,000 randomly selected households. Of those that responded, 38 were selected by newDemocracy Foundation independently of government to represent a broad and representative cross-section of Canberrans.

The housing choices discussion paper issued in November last year was a helpful way to outline a number of topics around housing and to engage with the community. The feedback that followed from a broad range of submitters provided an excellent basis for the collaboration hub to take a deep-dive examination of housing and will identify recommendations on what the government should consider.

There is no one right answer, of course, to this problem. We have to respond to the diversity of the community and its needs now and into the future. This is a genuine opportunity to influence the range of housing choices and future development in our city.

Five in-depth hub sessions will be held over three months to immerse the participants in all aspects of housing and planning and development in the ACT. These selected participants represent a wide cross-section of the community and will bring their own perspectives and ideas. Throughout the process they will have access to a range of experts from industry and government to cover specific topics such as housing affordability and land use zoning.

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