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Question on Notice No. 216 asked:

How will ACT Housing implement price signalling mechanisms to aid some market renters in public housing properties who do not take up incentives such as the Sales to Tenants Program to move into alternative housing options other than social housing [emphasis added].

This does not correspond with the wording of Question on Notice No. 536 above which asks if I indicated that “Housing ACT does not have any plans to implement … mechanisms to provide public housing tenants with incentives such as the Sales to Tenants program”.

(2) The Chief Minister advised that the Government is considering whether there should be a system which would assist people who pay market rent to purchase their house from the government or move into the private rental market. The Government’s stated policy on security of tenure remains in place.

Albert Hall
(Question No 537)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 24 August 2005:

(1) When leasing arrangements for Albert Hall again come under the scrutiny of the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, will confirmation of bookings be able to be made for dates after 30 June 2006;

(2) Are there any plans to sell the facility;

(3) What guarantee will the Minister provide to ensure this unique ACT Heritage Listed landmark remains public property and accessible to all Canberrans given that the Chief Minister announced in the 2005-06 Budget the possible refurbishment of Albert Hall will be examined as part of a $40 000 scoping study.

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

(1) Leasing arrangements for the Albert Hall are currently managed by the Chief Minister’s Department, not Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services.

The current sub-lease is due to expire on 30 June 2006. The Government is assessing options for the future use of Albert Hall. At this stage no work has been undertaken in relation to a new management lease.

(2) There are no plans to sell the facility.

(3) Part of the funding for the scoping study has been allocated to the preparation of a Conservation and Landscape Management Plan for Albert Hall. This will inform the Government of any opportunities and constraints that might affect its refurbishment given the heritage significance of the Hall. The Government is committed to providing continued community access and use to Albert Hall.

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