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Future Directions sets out four strategic directions that address the long term planning strategy and funding for the disability sector in the ACT:

Influencing policy and culture to promote an inclusive society;

Strengthening the capacity of people with disabilities, their families and carers to maximise control over their lives;

Improving planning and use of available funding to meet the needs of people requiring ongoing support; and

Partnering with the community to strengthen the sustainability and responsiveness of the service delivery sector.

Access, equity and participation are core social justice principles underlying the Social Plan. The Social Plan provides a blueprint for the development of further strategies, plans and programs to shape the ACT community so that all people can reach their potential, make a contribution and share the benefits of the community.

Disability ACT is undertaking research into available data on people with a disability in the ACT, to support the development of evidence-based plans and policies. It is currently developing a funding plan to determine the current and future demand and cost drivers impacting the delivery of formal disability services and then to estimate the additional budget impact of these drivers.

Development—City West
(Question No 449)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Planning, on 30 June 2005:

What plans (a) does the ACT Government have to include a percentage of the City West development as community space and (b) are in place to see a percentage of public or affordable housing options offered within the City West precinct.

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

(a) Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No.236 (DV236) for City West proposes to include the following new objective for the ‘Commercial A’ land use policy: “g) to make provision for community facilities in the City West Precinct, west of Marcus Clarke Street and north of University Avenue”.

The ACT Government and the ANU (Australian National University) have signed a Precinct Deed for development of the ANU City West Precinct. The need to find suitable accommodation for existing Residents of Childers and Kingsley Streets (ROCKS) community groups in the area is a commitment accepted by the joint signatories to the Precinct Deed.

(b) The City West Master Plan (CWMP), endorsed by the Government in May 2004, states that “… the Government will aim to ensure that a minimum of 5% of residential accommodation established through the master plan will be offered for low and medium income earners, and where possible will be managed by affordable housing providers.”

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