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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 8 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2262 ..

MR STANHOPE: You're talking only about greenfields? You're not talking about sites, so we're talking about the-

Mrs Dunne: You can talk redevelopment as much as you like but that is in addition to the 1,000.

MR SPEAKER: Order! This is getting a bit conversational. It would be better if you did not interject, and it would be better if you did not fire the barbs to which the Chief Minister feels bound to respond. I would just let him get on with answering the question.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I will conclude by saying, yes, I am acutely aware of those issues. Indeed, I met with the Master Builders Association as recently as 11 am this morning. We had a full and frank discussion around all of these issues, and I would ask my colleague the Minister for Planning to give you the details and specifics to the question you're asking.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Chief Minister. Would you like him to do that?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I am very happy to add to the answer provided by the Chief Minister and perhaps just to clarify and assist Mrs Dunne with her confusion. The land release program 2001-2002 proposed 510 greenfields sites, as part of the Liberal government's land release program. The advice I have received as of Monday is that the government has released close to 1,000 blocks, so we have seen a significant increase in the number of greenfields sites released.

Mr Speaker, the total land release program for 2001-02 had a total number of dwelling sites proposed to be released of 2,281. That included 510 greenfields blocks, 521 existing urban blocks and 500 redevelopment proposals. And then there were 400 sites to be released through the GDA and 350 sites to be released by KFDA. GDA is counted separately, although most GDA sites are greenfields sites.

So let us put it this way: the Liberals proposed to release a total of 2,281 dwelling sites, both greenfield block and redevelopment activity. It is estimated that we will come close to having released 3,069 dwelling sites-just under 1,000 more than the total number of dwelling sites proposed to be released by the previous Liberal government. That is in this financial year. So the government's program is significantly larger than that program by the previous government in the same financial year. On top of that-

Mrs Dunne: Well, why is it the building industry can't find the blocks to build on?

MR CORBELL: The private land developers might not be able to find the blocks, Mrs Dunne, but whether or not builders and home buyers can find the blocks is another matter. The other point that needs to be made is this: this government has actually significantly expanded the land release program for our first budget. There are an additional 900 greenfields blocks now available in our ready-release program to take account of any potential extra demand, or because other sites fall off the program due to environmental or other reasons.

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