Page 5089 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 17 November 2009

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MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question?

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what assessment have you made of the suitability of current high-density public housing in the inner north and inner south?

MS BURCH: Housing ACT has an ongoing process around assessing suitability of its stock, whether it is low density or high density. So within that asset management plan, all housing stock is considered. I am not quite sure what you are wanting to find out, but there is a process in place for assessment.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Le Couteur?

MS LE COUTEUR: Yes. Minister, will you consider the design competition, for which there is a motion standing under Ms Bresnan’s name on the Assembly notice paper, for redesigning some of that high-density public housing?

MS BURCH: Thank you. I am aware of the motion, so, yes, I have no doubt that it will be considered with all other thinking on the redevelopment or assessment of housing stock.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary question?

MR COE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what is your timetable for moving tenants out of substandard high-density public housing in the inner north and inner south?

MS BURCH: I think our timetable is relevant to our asset management plan, which is broad, and covers high density and low density. We sell and we buy according to an asset management plan.

Environment—air quality

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the minister for the environment and is in regard to air quality in the Tuggeranong valley. Minister, the air quality measuring station in Monash, which is an important tool for measuring the impact of wood smoke, has delivered PM10 and PM2.5 results that have been found to be invalid for periods of time across 2007, 2008 and 2009. Minister, could you please advise the Assembly on what basis the government can argue that air quality in the Tuggeranong valley is getting better?

MR CORBELL: There is a shared responsibility when it comes to air quality monitoring, both from an environment protection perspective—obviously it falls within my portfolio—but also from a health protective service perspective; my colleague the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Gallagher, also has responsibility.

Yes, there have been problems with the monitoring equipment in Monash. The government has been public about that and we have indicated that the machine was not operating appropriately at all times. It did suffer a series of faults. The machine is

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