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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 23 March 2017) . . Page.. 1005 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Parton. Minister for Housing and Suburban Development.

MS BERRY: Yes. For Northbourne Avenue at the moment there are no plans to build public housing on the corridor at this time. But there are opportunities in the future. As I said, we want to make sure that public housing tenants have as much choice as they can for housing that best suits their needs, whether that is housing for different abilities, whether they need housing to be closer to schools so that they can have their children close to their schools, whether they are having relationships with members in their community that they want to stick by, whether they want to be closer to shopping centres or further away from shopping centres.

They want the same kinds of choices that each of us has every day about where we want to live in Canberra. Housing ACT and the renewal taskforce are talking with our tenants on a regular basis to ascertain what their needs are. Then we are building housing that best suits their needs in the suburbs and areas where they want to live.

MR STEEL: Minister, how will the new public housing improve on existing housing along Northbourne Avenue?

MS BERRY: The new housing that is being built as a result of the task force will be replacing some of the older, outdated public housing on the Northbourne Avenue corridor that is cold in winter, hot in summer—

Mr Coe: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, minister. A point of order.

Mr Coe: It is on relevance. The question was about how the new housing will replace—the benefits over the older housing on Northbourne Avenue. Therefore I ask the Deputy Chief Minister to be relevant to the original question.

MADAM SPEAKER: No, there is no point of order. Can you continue, Ms Berry. You have one minute and 22 seconds, minister, to complete your answer.

MS BERRY: The quality of the new housing that is being developed to replace some of this older housing is quite remarkable. It is being developed all across the city, as I said, in the city, in Tuggeranong, in Gungahlin.

Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, enough is enough. Can you be quiet?

MS BERRY: Madam Speaker, with the next public housing that is expected to be completed, I would invite Mr Parton to have a look with me at the public housing, with the public housing champions, as part of the tenants group who have been with us along the way, providing advice to the ACT government and Housing ACT about the suitability of the housing. They have also been incredibly supportive of the quality

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