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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3927 ..

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● For smaller developments, including single residences, the Government funds the Housing for Life program and is also working with the MBA to include provision for an adaptable display home in future display villages.

● People seeking information about how to make their current or future house adaptable can contact either PALM or the Housing for Life program.

● On the issue of the appropriate mix of public and private housing there is no single answer. While properties of over 100 units have frequently become stigmatised because of high concentrations of high need tenants, many smaller properties with 100% public housing tenants operate effectively, as do properties with high percentages of the units held by ACT Housing.

● In general ACT Housing's spot purchase program attempts to limit its holdings in body corporates to no more than 20-25 % of the unit numbers but this should not be taken as a hard and fast rule. In some large developments ACT Housing might seek to buy a whole building of, say, 8-20 units even if this was more than 25% of the complex.

● Given the history of the site and the fact that three storey townhouses will not meet the needs of ACT Housing's tenants it is highly unlikely that ACT Housing will purchase more than 20% of the development. This reflects the fact that replacement properties in the Woden area were required to vacate the former Burnie Court.

I have asked ACT Housing to contact Ms Tucker's office to give her a full briefing on this important issue.

Questions upon notice

MR CORNWELL: I have two questions on notice to Mr Corbell outstanding-Nos 275 and 276. They were placed on the notice paper on 24 September. The 30-day period has expired. Could you arrange to get me responses to those speedily, please?

MR CORBELL: I apologise to the member and will get the answers as soon as possible.


Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

ACT Criminal Justice-Statistical profile for the September 2002 quarter.

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 25A-Quarterly departmental performance report for the September quarter 2002 for the Department of Health and Community Care.

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