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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2176 ..

Having spent many hours in my previous work on data analysis of social determinants of health, social inequality and pathways into the justice system, there are a few issues I would very much like to hear about from the Molonglo Valley Community Council. These include public transport and active travel access; sports, recreation, arts and cultural activities and their role in social inclusion and strengthening communities; employment and education opportunities; and access to health and wellbeing and community support services.

As a new community council, it is exciting to see them develop their own unique community council culture under the guidance of Ryan Hemsley and Monique Brower, and I look forward to seeing their hopes for a better future for everyone in the Molonglo Valley community come to fruition. I leave you with a quote from General Leia Organa:

Do me a personal favour? Be optimistic.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public housing—renewal program

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) (11.55): I am happy to provide an update to the Assembly on the government’s Growing and Renewing Public Housing program at the beginning of its third year of operation. I am proud to be leading the government’s work in providing safe and secure social housing for those in our community who need it most and, of course, the incredible work Housing ACT does to achieve this.

This government has established an unparalleled program of public housing renewal, representing more than a $1.2 billion investment over the 10 years from 2015 to 2025 and the renewal of over 20 per cent of the ACT public housing portfolio, firstly through the Public Housing Renewal Program, where the ACT government invested $608 million in renewing the public housing portfolio through the construction and purchase of 1,288 replacement dwellings for those tenants who were relocated from older homes at the end of their building life cycle.

I then announced the Growing and Renewing Public Housing program in May 2019 as part of the ACT housing strategy, focusing on improving tenant outcomes by continuing to upgrade Canberra’s ageing public housing stock and, in doing so, support the broader renewal of Canberra’s city and urban areas. In August 2020 the government announced the expansion of the program, providing a longer term economic stimulus through the allocation of an additional $52 million to fund land purchases and construction of 60 additional new public housing dwellings. This also included the expansion of the program for a sixth year, to 30 June 2025.

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