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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 February 2021) . . Page.. 345 ..


MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (10.05): I also thank Ms Orr for bringing this petition to the notice of the Assembly. Giralang, as Ms Orr mentioned, has gone without shops for 16 years—a vital centre of community activity. The ability to simply go and pick up a carton of milk is also what is required. I look forward to working with all of the parties in this chamber to see whether we can resolve this issue.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Housing—strategy

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (10.05): I rise today to provide the second annual update on the ACT Housing Strategy to the Assembly.

The government’s continued progress against the actions under the ACT Housing Strategy demonstrates the important work that is happening to provide housing for all Canberrans. In addition to this ministerial statement, today I released the annual report card for the second year of the strategy’s implementation. The year 2 report card monitors, evaluates and tracks the progress of the targeted actions within the strategy.

The ACT Housing Strategy, which was released in October 2018, reflects local voices, with thousands of contributions from people across the Canberra community who generously shared their experiences and expertise. The strategy outlines a road map put in place for housing assistance in the ACT over the course of a decade, acknowledging the varying and complex challenges that exist in the ACT housing market that need to be addressed and overcome to deliver for the community.

This past year has certainly been complex, as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. However, it is clear that, through the ambitious goals and actions within the strategy, the ACT government has put in place strong and meaningful policy interventions across the housing assistance continuum.

Throughout the last year, it has been more evident than ever that having a secure place to call your own is vital for our health and security. During this time, our homes are what have enabled us to protect ourselves and our families from the full impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as everyone was asked to be physically distanced.

The ACT Housing Strategy’s vision to “encourage and promote a housing market that meets the diverse and changing needs of the Canberra community, and enables a sustainable supply of housing for individuals and families at all income levels” is all the more significant, as the economic impacts of the pandemic have been experienced by many in our community.

The Canberra community has stuck together; and, working together with sector partners, we have continued this work throughout the COVID-19 emergency to get to


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