Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 30 March 2017) . . Page.. 1349 ..
Weston Creek. Given that the meeting had too many people in attendance for it to proceed, how will you ensure that there is effective consultation with the community about the proposed public housing?
MS BERRY: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. I understand that the meeting was organised by the Weston Creek Community Council and that officials from the ACT government’s Housing Renewal Taskforce and Housing ACT were present. We had a conversation this morning and we have drop-in sessions next weekend on 8 April. We will be organising times for people to have individual conversations about the concerns they have raised about some of the practical issues for public housing as part of those developments.
I understand other community councils are organising meetings but at this stage we have organised the drop-in sessions. We can organise further ways for people to be engaged in this conversation as a pre-development application conversation, which has only just started. We are keen to make sure that everybody gets a chance to talk about the issues that they have.
The issues that have been raised with my office go to practical issues, with probably practical solutions, around amenity, size, traffic, driveways and things like that. We can absolutely talk to individuals and the communities in each of the areas about finding solutions to those.
MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, will there in fact be another public meeting for people to express their views? And how will feedback from the community be incorporated in whatever is eventually proposed for Weston Creek?
MS BERRY: Thanks, Ms Le Couteur, for the question. Yes, we are having a drop-in session next weekend, on the Saturday. After we have had that drop-in session, we will work on further ways that we can engage individuals within the community about the issues that they are raising around the development and all of the individual concerns so that residents in those communities get a chance to have a one-on-one conversation with officials so that they can very clearly have their concerns identified, talk about some practical solutions and, hopefully, have a strong, inclusive community, which I know is what the residents of Holder, Chapman, Wright, Monash and Mawson are telling me in their correspondence. They support public housing; they have concerns about some practical issues which I think together we can resolve.
MR PARTON: Will the minister commit to a further public meeting in Weston Creek on these issues?
MS BERRY: There is a meeting available on Saturday the 8th.
Manuka Oval—naming rights
MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. Minister, the heritage registration for Manuka Oval states that Manuka Oval “has a special association with the cultural phase of the earliest development of Canberra as