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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 3008 ..


MS BERRY: It does give me the chance to go on and respond in more detail about the ACT government’s commitment. We already have the second highest ratio of social housing in Australia, with 27 dwellings for every 1,000 people—much higher than the national average of 17 homes. The ACT leads the country in the provision of public housing, with 25 dwellings for every 1,000 people, against the national average of 12 dwellings.

Mr Parton interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Not again, Mr Parton.

MS BERRY: The government acknowledges that there is more work to do, and we continue to invest in providing more and new public housing for people who need it.

Mrs Jones: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Jones?

Mrs Jones: Madam Speaker, the question was quite direct, and the minister is now reading a pre-formed answer on something else.

MADAM SPEAKER: No, the question was all about housing maintenance and the investment in this year’s budget. Mr Parton is seeking a simple yes or no answer, and we all know I am not going to direct the minister to provide a simple yes or no answer.

MS BERRY: Madam Speaker, the ACT government is committed to providing social housing for people who need it. (Time expired.)

Budget—National Arboretum and Stromlo Forest Park

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State. In the 2021-22 budget it states that one of the priorities of the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate is continuing to progress the National Arboretum Canberra and Stromlo Forest Park master plans, including consultation with key user groups. They are great facilities, and I have ridden and walked at both, but I have heard from many users and user groups that they are worried about announcements about paving roads at the arboretum and a paved car park at Stromlo. They are desperate to improve their user experience with investment in new trails and they do not want any disincentives to use these. What community and stakeholder consultation was conducted prior to making the decision to pave the roads in the arboretum and build a paved carpark at Stromlo?

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Clay for her question. Quite extensive consultation has been occurring in relation to both of those venues, firstly through the master plans for both of those venues. I will read from the car parking section of Stromlo Forest Park master plan. It noted that formal car parking would include permanent infrastructure in the form of paved and lit carparks and all-weather surfaces for access at all times of


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