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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2736 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

accommodation. There are existing disallowable instruments which apply to community and commercial organisations. The new disallowable instrument will provide greater transparency through all the criteria being in one instrument.

The government has recognised the need to encourage the development of older persons' housing on leased land by applying a 50 per cent remission on the change of use charges. It proposes to extend this policy to the amount to be charged for the direct sale of land to community organisations as well as government agencies that provide older persons' accommodation. Commercial operators will need to apply for a concession on the amount to be charged for the land.

Further changes are proposed to the payment arrangements. It will be possible to pay for the land as either a premium or as land rent. If a premium is paid it will be possible for the payment to be staged. As with land rent leases, it will be possible to pay out the land rent if that option is chosen.

Because of the new disallowable instrument for older persons' accommodation, the existing disallowable instrument for the direct sale of land to community organisations is being amended.

Mr Speaker, the number of older people in our community is increasing. They rightly expect the government to put in place policies that will support them. This government has done much to meet this challenge. The new disallowable instrument and charging policy are another important element of the government's commitment in this area.

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee

Report No 79

MR HIRD (8.01): Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Planning and Urban Service-Standing Committee-Report No 79-Proposals to duplicate Fairbairn Avenue, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, in June this year the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services decided to seek a public briefing by officials of Urban Services and the Fairbairn Avenue Community Action Group on proposals to duplicate Fairbairn Avenue. We took this action after becoming aware of the concerns of local residents in relation to this proposal.

At this point, Mr Speaker, I would like to thank the Minister for Urban Services for agreeing to make officials available to the committee, as well as members of the action group for appearing before and giving written evidence to my committee.

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