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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4429 ..

MR WOOD (continuing):

providing $150,000 per annum for feasibility studies on innovative models of community housing

allocating $1.2 million over four years for the development of indigenous community housing options

consulting on the development of a head leasing program for community housing, which will be operational in 2003-2004

providing ongoing funding for the peak community housing organisation, CCHOACT.

The development of the community housing framework is a big task that will provide a platform for the long-term growth and prosperity of the sector. The proposed restructuring of CHC is part of this comprehensive framework for the expansion of the community housing sector. Under the new funding arrangement, from July 2004 money will continue to be provided for organisational infrastructure. However, the company will focus on using its existing asset base to leverage additional private finance for community housing, in accordance with an approved business plan.

In announcing these changes, I would stress that the government has undertaken extensive community consultation. The department engaged RPR Consulting to consult with each of the members of CHC, as well as key community stakeholders such as ACTCOSS and ACT Shelter. Participants also identified procedures for clarifying the relationships between CHC and the tenancy management organisations.

The current directors of the company will continue in their roles until a special meeting is held in early 2004 to adopt a new constitution. I would like to take this opportunity to thank present and past directors of CHC for their unwavering commitment to the establishment and growth of CHC and community housing generally in the ACT.

The proposed changes will provide a solid foundation for the expansion of community housing. I look forward to seeing the positive benefits that will flow both to the company and the community housing sector in the ACT.

I present the following paper:

Review of the Structure of Community Housing Canberra Ltd (CHC)-Ministerial Statement, 20 November 2003.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Burke ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning system

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received a letter from Mrs Dunne proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:

The state of the planning system in the ACT.

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