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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 August 2018) . . Page.. 3319 ..


savings funded in this budget and will be delivered in the coming years. We have already proved it through the pilot program. We have demonstrated what you can do when you actually have political will to roll these programs out and not just use them as a political football.

These investments will continue to ensure that the ACT government provides a range of opportunities for people to reduce their energy costs. They will ensure that the ACT continues to deliver the emissions reduction agenda that we have and will continue to help the ACT community best understand how they can be involved in a range of these important initiatives. I commend this spending to the Assembly as a real boon to the ACT community.

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (3.44): The government will be providing $500,000 for the housing innovation fund to deliver affordable projects. I talked about these earlier today. These projects will increase access to specialist disability accommodation through dedicated affordable housing for rent or for purchase, and increase access to affordable rental properties for families escaping domestic and family violence by seeking interest in those, as well as reviewing options for use of underutilised community facility land to increase the supply of affordable housing and undertaking other innovative activities in keeping with the wide-ranging scope and intent of the affordable housing innovation fund. This project will not be limited to any specific delivery model but rather will seek expressions of interest for projects or ideas that could potentially boost the supply of affordable housing.

The government will also continue to deliver great places where the community can thrive through considered and sustainable suburban development. The government is committed to developing people-focused neighbourhoods which are safe, environmentally sustainable and inclusive. The Suburban Land Agency’s mingle program will continue to help provide opportunities for people to strengthen connections with their neighbours and within our suburbs. In 2018-19, mingle will be active in Throsby, Taylor, Lawson and Moncrieff.

Providing a diverse range of housing options across our estates through the delivery of the indicative land release program is also important to our community. Through the work of the SLA, this will allow more people to realise the dream of owning their own home. We will give careful consideration to diversification of built form, different block sizes and prices and innovation in design, while fulfilling the government’s commitment to affordable housing.

We will be ensuring better social outcomes for all Canberrans, with government continuing to offer a mix of public and private housing in new suburbs, and to increase the supply of affordable and community housing. Place making and design excellence will continue to be priorities for this government in the development of new communities. We will be ensuring that our communities are designed in a way that delivers value for money in accordance with sound risk management, as well as


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