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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3364 ..

like to recognise the tireless work done by the staff of the Community Services Directorate, the Education Directorate and Justice Health services, and our community partners, in ensuring that young people in Bimberi are supported to grow and develop, preparing them to successfully participate in the social and economic life of our community in the future.

The ACT government acknowledges the effective independent oversight provided by the inspector in supporting the ACT in delivering an accountable and transparent youth justice system that ensures that young people feel safe, valued, respected, supported and hopeful about their future. Updates on progress against agreed recommendations will be provided every six months to the inspector.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Development Act 2007—approval of variation No 376 to the Territory Plan

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.37): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Planning and Development Act—Approval of Variation No 376 to the Territory Plan—Demonstration Housing Co-Housing—Ainslie section 25 block 6.

Variation 376 for co-housing on section 25 block 6 in Ainslie is the first variation to the Territory Plan to be approved in support of the demonstration housing project. The demonstration housing project was created in response to an ACT Legislative Assembly resolution passed in June 2017. The resolution asked the ACT government to engage with the community and industry stakeholders about how to deliver demonstration housing proposals to showcase best practice in areas such as excellence in construction, design quality and innovative housing products and typologies.

This demonstration housing proposal offers a hands-on opportunity to test the effectiveness of co-housing in the RZ1 zone by enabling a real example to be constructed. Furthermore, through post-occupancy evaluation, the government will be able to consider whether the development of co-housing may be an effective method to provide different typologies and density in the RZ1 zone more broadly without adversely affecting suburban amenity. This may assist the ACT government to achieve the target set out in the 2018 ACT Planning Strategy of 70 per cent of new housing to be delivered within the existing urban footprint.

More specifically, variation 376 will enable co-housing to be developed at one site located at section 25 block 6 in Ainslie. Three single-storey homes and a shared communal area will be able to be developed on this standard residential block. The communal space will allow the occupants to share some facilities, including a kitchen, living area and guest bedroom. Generally, in the RZ1 suburban zone, only single-dwelling housing, which may include a secondary residence or a

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