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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 March 2017) . . Page.. 1231 ..

That is what we are doing. No development application has been lodged at the moment. This is pre-development application conversation. I am keen to hear from the community about ways that we can provide public housing that meets the needs of residents and can be welcomed and supported into the existing community.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how can you say that the development is consistent with the territory plan when the territory plan clearly excludes residential, whether private or public?

MS BERRY: The land is zoned community facilities land which is able to provide supported accommodation which includes public, community and affordable housing. I do not know how many more times we need to explain the definition of supported housing.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, can we have just the minister talking in the chamber in response to a question. Minister.

MS BERRY: The suggestion that we could not develop public housing across the community because of a definition that the opposition are trying to confuse the community around is just not on. It is public housing to support some of the most vulnerable in our community, it is supported housing and it is applicable under community facilities zoned land.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, what has been the response from tenants with regard to new public housing that we are building or purchasing?

Mrs Jones interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Jones, you had your chance to take a supplementary and you didn’t. I call the minister for housing.

MS BERRY: The response from public housing residents has been heart-warming. We heard stories in the past couple of weeks from residents who previously lived along the Northbourne Avenue corridor about what a difference it has made to move into new housing that better meets their needs.

One of the residents, Nick, was talking about how he was trying to get used to how quiet it was not having to live along Northbourne Avenue. Anybody who has spent some time on Northbourne Avenue around those public housing dwellings that were there previously, which I know Ms Lawder did—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS BERRY: Ms Lawder took the time to come down to the Owen flats and actually meet with residents and talk to them about their needs. Nick’s life has changed as a result of housing renewal.

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