Page 3164 - Week 10 - Thursday, 15 August 2013

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NRAS. The ACT government invested $2 million in the Eclipse complex and the federal government over $5 million. There is a mix of accommodation with five studio flats, 45 one-bedroom, 20 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom apartments. As CHC points out, the Eclipse units are just 500 metres from the Australian Institute of Sport, a kilometre from the University of Canberra and CIT Bruce, a kilometre and a half from Calvary hospital, three kilometres from Westfield Belconnen mall and 7½ kilometres from the city. Mr Barr said at the opening of the latest stages of Eclipse:

Tenants renting an NRAS property in Eclipse will pay around $3800 a year less than they would for a similar property being rented on the open market.

CHC Affordable Housing has been a major provider of NRAS properties in the ACT and is the first locally based developer to offer individual investors an opportunity to participate in the scheme. Some of CHC’s other affordable housing projects are: the 20-unit development “Grace” at Forde; the Freestyle apartments in Holt—24 units on the old service station site; in Gungahlin, the 19 units at Mirella and the Village Vue development of 28 apartments; units in Crace; the Edge apartments in Franklin, including 104 units; as well as the City Edge apartments in O’Connor.

CHC Affordable Housing began in 1997 and says it prides itself on the quality of its developments and that “it is dedicated to delivering well-located, functional and flexible housing options for both our purchasers and renters alike”. It aims to be the best affordable housing provider in the country.

CHC will deliver 500 affordable rental homes and 500 affordable sales by 2018 under an agreement with the ACT government to ease housing pressures on Canberrans on low to moderate incomes.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.16—Territory and Municipal Services Directorate—$315,968,000 (net cost of outputs) and $218,117,000 (capital injection), totalling $534,085,000.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.25): The provision of urban services should be a core business for the ACT government. Of course, as a unique authority in Australia whereby it is a merger of both council and state services, the ACT government has a special role and a special ability to be able to implement policy from some of the territory-wide initiatives through to very local suburban levels. That coordination should, in fact, be an advantage. We do not have, necessarily, economies of scale in the ACT but we do have economies of distance. We do not have roads to nowhere. We do not have roads going way out into bush. We do not have rural or regional hospitals that we have to support. We do not have much by way of rural and regional infrastructure. So, really, we can derive many efficiencies as a result of, in effect, being a city state with a few villages as well.

TAMS provides by way of their municipal services what would otherwise be provided by a council. As such, it is often the delivery of TAMS services which contributes much to quality of life for Canberrans, whether it be driving on the roads, whether it

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