Page 5279 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 15 November 2011

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reflects the particular circumstances of each individual prisoner, where they are at and whether or not they are fit to return to the broader general prison population. The government makes every effort, and Corrective Services make every effort, to ensure that prisoners are able to get effective exercise. In relation to the circumstances of detainees currently within the CSU, I would need to seek further advice, and I will provide an answer to the member.


MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and concerns the redevelopment of the ABC and Northbourne flats. Minister, can you please advise the Assembly of the level of profit the ACT government stands to make from each redevelopment which it will then use to purchase housing stock elsewhere?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Bresnan for her interest in social housing in the ACT. The final design and the built form are not on the table so the amount of revenue raised—I think that is what you are referring to—is not able to be determined at the moment. But let me be quite clear that we will not be reducing social housing stock, unlike those opposite, who I think ripped a thousand properties out of social housing when they were last in government.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary question.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, will you please table by the end of this sitting week documents outlining the redevelopments’ estimated costing?

MS BURCH: In regard to the ABC flats, we have gone through extensive planning for a territory plan variation. That is coming to conclusion and I hope to go out to broader community consultation in regard to that.

In regard to the Northbourne flats, I announced last week the successful design competition. It was a wonderful design by a Melbourne architectural firm, John Wardle, who did provide very good amenity. It did increase the housing stock there from about 250 to a tad over 900. It was a good design. It was a design that was chosen unanimously by the jury. It will now be progressed. CSD will work with the architect and will progress to a DA, which I am hoping will be in place by the early part of next year.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, is it not true that all funds realised from the sale of public housing stock must be ploughed straight back into acquiring or renovating further housing stock?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his continuing interest in social housing and again put on record a number of reforms that he brought to the ACT for social housing. Certainly, it is true that we are committed to no net loss in social housing.

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