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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3710 ..


MR HANSON: Minister, when will the review be completed, and will the findings of that review be tabled in the Assembly or provided to the opposition?

MR STEEL: I will take that question, Madam Speaker. The review has only just been commissioned. Once we understand the scope of the work that is needed to undertake this review we will have a better understanding of the time frames. We also do not know what the findings will be and what will be the information contained in the review. The government will determine whether it is appropriate for it to be released. But it will certainly be available—

Mrs Jones: Are you hiding it?

MR STEEL: You are talking to us about releasing information inappropriately and then claiming that we should release information without knowing what is going to be in the document. We will make an assessment about whether it is appropriate to release that review once it is completed. It is an internal review and it will inform the work of the government going forward.

Planning—Lawson stage 2 development

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, and relates to Lawson stage 2. Minister, Lawson stage 2 was intended to have a community hub, including a village centre, neighbourhood playground and community garden. I have also heard some great suggestions about community sporting facilities and the need for a supermarket. The government has run two tender processes that did not return a result, due to the proximity of the electricity substation. The Suburban Land Agency has just released a build-to-rent market sounding. Can you tell me what type of development this might lead to, and whether we will get affordable housing and the community facilities previously anticipated.

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Clay for the question and for her interest in Lawson stage 2, particularly the build-to-rent that we are investigating as part of that market sounding. The Suburban Land Agency today held a briefing with builders and community housing providers, which gave them the opportunity to ask questions about, and seek information about, bringing that build-to-rent model into the ACT, as part of the Lawson development. It also gives people in the community a chance to ask questions about that work. The ACT government has a long-term commitment to support people on low incomes with housing opportunities, and build-to-rent offers another opportunity for homes that are designed to meet the needs of renters, and offering a great place to live with longer rental periods as well as greater security of tenure. A market sounding process which has been underway, as I have talked about today, is underway at the moment, and that will be used to develop options for the government on that work at Lawson.

MS CLAY: When will infrastructure like the roads connecting Lawson stage 1 to Aikman and Ginninderra drives be constructed?

MS BERRY: I guess this part of the process that the Suburban Land Agency is conducting is a gathering-of-information process, and once we have the information


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