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Development—Kingston Foreshore
(Question No 259)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 9 March 2005:

(1) In relation to the Kingston Foreshore development

(a) has social housing been incorporated into the development to date,

(b) are there any plans to incorporate social housing at later stages of the development,

(c) what are the long term plans for The Causeway area in regard to social housing,

(d) what are the plans for social housing which more directly abuts The Causeway and

(e) what are the ecological sustainability design principles in relation to energy and water use reduction;

(2) Is there

(f) any social housing already incorporated or planned for inclusion at East O’Malley and

(g) social housing included in plans for the development at East Woden; if so, how much;

(3) Are there any large scale developments across Canberra which will require a proportion of public housing; if so, how much social housing is included;

(4) To what organisations do you make direct grants of land and concessions on market value;

(5) Who determines these decisions and on what criteria;

(6) Are direct grants of land and concessions on market value available to

(h) community housing providers and

(i) ACT Housing.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) (a) Social housing has not been incorporated into the Kingston Foreshore development to date. However, neither the planning policies for Kingston Foreshore nor the Implementation Strategy preclude it.

(b) At the outset of the project, advice was sought from Housing ACT on the level of public housing likely to be required within the Kingston Foreshore. Housing ACT advised that, given its extensive property portfolio in the adjacent areas, it did not require any additional acquisitions within the Kingston Foreshore with the possible exception of accommodation for aged persons in the longer term.

(c) The Causeway area is largely made up of Housing ACT properties. The ACT Planning and Land Authority is undertaking preliminary planning work as part of the East Lake Urban Renewal Project. The Project area includes the Causeway. The land under the control of Housing ACT will be reviewed in the context of the outcomes of the planning studies and the Public Housing asset Management Strategy.

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