Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Sittings . . . . PDF . . . . Video

Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 3016 ..


deliberates on those over many, many months. We have some expert advisers. Louise Crossman in my office in particular has done a lot of work with directorates and officials over this budget. I commend her for the work that she has done.

There is a lot of work that goes behind the ILRP. It is a very important piece of work so that we can deliver a land release program that is suited to the territory and that allows us to grow in a way that is economical and efficient.

The Canberra Liberals went to the last election on an urban sprawl policy. They wanted to go right out, bulldoze Kowen Forest and build across the Murrumbidgee. Heaven knows what the cost of living would have been then. (Time expired.)

MR CAIN: Minister, what plans do you have to ensure that the actual releases of land, as opposed to houses, match your promises?

MR GENTLEMAN: It is very well thought out and very well delivered in the ILRP, and it was part of this budget. All of the work that has been done by the experts, by our officials and by market analysts looking at what we need to deliver for Canberrans in the forward years is in that budget document. I commend the document to the Liberals.

MR PARTON: Minister, what plans do you have to improve the affordability of detached housing?

MR GENTLEMAN: Of course, there are a number of detached dwellings in the ILRP, our land release program, over the forward years that the government will be delivering. There will also be a number that the private sector will be delivering. In regard to price, though, as I said, that is a market decision. Market forces—

Mr Parton interjecting—

MR GENTLEMAN: Market forces do drive the price, and investors drive the price as well across Canberra. We need to make sure that we have the number of dwellings available, and all of that work has been done over many years. So the very early work, doing the due diligence to ensure that we can deliver those blocks of land in time has been done, and they are now in the land release program.

Budget—Franklin Nature Reserve

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. I noticed in the budget there is a commitment to the enhancement of the Franklin Nature Reserve. Can you please provide further details of what this budget item is for?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Braddock for the question. It is, of course, important, as we look at that last question, to think about how we deliver for Canberrans, not just in housing but in the way that they can live in the territory close to nature, which is what they love. I really do want to commend Ms Orr for the work that she did in the


Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Sittings . . . . PDF . . . . Video