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years to add a couple of metres to the width of the road, and they still cannot do it. That is too big an infrastructure project for them. It is no wonder they could not do the GDE wide enough if they cannot do the Nicholls shops car park wide enough. It is no wonder that the Gungahlin Drive extension is falling apart. They cannot even do the Nicholls car park properly.

I find it amazing that this government holds the people of Nicholls and Ginninderra in such contempt. I think the way that Ms Porter and Mr Stanhope have treated this issue is appalling. They have totally ignored the wishes of the people of Ginninderra for an improved car park in Nicholls.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Housing—social and community

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (5:54): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Council of Australian Governments’ Nation Building and Jobs National Partnership Agreement of 3 February 2009 that will provide $102 million for new and upgraded social housing in the ACT;

(b) the Australian Government requirement that this new housing meet six star energy efficiency standards;

(c) the Australian Government proposal that a significant proportion of housing stock constructed under stage two of the Nation Building and Jobs Plan be transferred to the community housing providers by 30 July 2014; and

(d) that non-government affordable housing providers are not a subsector of social or community housing; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) establish an expert reference group to advise it on the commissioning and construction of affordable energy efficient low emission housing in order to ensure these dwellings reach the highest possible environmental standards; and

(b) support capacity building within the community housing sector to assist in its future management of some of this new stock, by:

(i) establishing a consultative forum consisting of community housing providers, key community service agencies, and relevant advocacy and peak representative bodies; and

(ii) planning the Nation Building and Jobs Plan investment in social housing through engagement with the forum and implementing that plan in partnership with the sector.

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