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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 July 2019) . . Page.. 2496 ..


certifier and enlist a new one who would sign off despite serious concerns over light rail’s stage 1 compliance, particularly electrical compliance?

MR STEEL: The government did not sack the certifier.

MR WALL: Minister, who was responsible for the sacking of the certifier, and why were workers put at risk by having unlicensed workers and supervisors working on stage 1’s electrical components?

MR STEEL: Canberra Metro is responsible for employing the certifier. The light rail system is safe. Neither the regulators nor the Transport Canberra project team, nor Canberra Metro management, would have permitted the system to open if it were not safe. There was a change of certifier mid project. I understand that that was in relation to the capacity to deliver certification on the project.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, your colleague is on her feet wishing to ask a supplementary, I am assuming.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, will you commission a full safety audit to assure Canberrans that the network is safe?

MR STEEL: The light rail is safe in the ACT. As I mentioned before, it would not have been certified if it were not safe.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: That is enough, Mr Coe, thank you.

Housing—home ownership

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. How is the government increasing access to home ownership in the ACT?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cody for the question. Each year the ACT government publishes its indicative land release program which outlines the planned release of land over the next four years. Over the next four years the government will release over 15,000 residential dwelling sites through the land release program. Over the next two years we will release more than 3,400 homes primarily in Gungahlin, the Molonglo Valley and Belconnen.

Greenfield releases continue in Gungahlin, expanding the planned and existing suburbs of Taylor, Throsby, Jacka and Kenny. The greenfield release focus will now move from Gungahlin to the Molonglo Valley with the new suburb of Whitlam and more suburbs planned to the east of John Gorton Drive.

Whitlam is an exciting addition to the Molonglo Valley precinct. It will deliver around 2,100 dwellings over the next four years and will eventually be home to over


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