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in the form of low cost and affordable high density homes that would take the pressure off the suburbs. They also expressed the need to foster a transition from a car-dependent city to convenient public transport, especially in the form of buses and the capital metro. Lastly, all generations wanted to retain urban growth and build from the city centre outwards, and focus on the quality of public open spaces and streets to attract people to urban infill.
As mentioned in my previous answer, I was impressed by the response of the younger generation, who sought to make their voices heard on the future of Canberra. Their feedback focused strongly on a number of areas, including prioritising active travel options—namely, light rail—and ensuring easy access to the city while Canberra’s population continues to grow; providing living options near work or public transport, especially in the form of easily affordable housing for first homebuyers; delivering green and energy efficient housing options, in particular medium density; and creating better streets and places to activate the city, link to waterways and facilitate affordable incubator spaces for business start-ups and creative events.
The views of both generations shared the common theme of seeking to make Canberra the most livable city it could, where facilities can be easily accessed and there is a clear plan for the future. The statement seeks to take all of this consultation into account and creates a model for the future where the community remains connected and the best result is ensured.
MR COE: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, is Icon Water considering the sale of the Cotter Dam or other dam assets?
MR BARR: No, I do not believe so, Madam Speaker, no.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Have the two shareholders been briefed about the possible sale of Icon Water assets in order to attract the commonwealth asset recycling bonus?
MR BARR: I do not believe so, no.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.
MS LAWDER: Minister, has your directorate or Icon Water had any discussions with any prospective buyers of Icon Water assets?
MR BARR: I cannot speak for Icon Water. I would need to take that part of the question on notice. But—apart from what we have put in the public arena in relation to streetlighting assets that we are seeking expressions of interest on—no, we are not actively looking outside what has already been announced in terms of asset sales.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.