Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 30 March 2017) . . Page.. 1359 ..
For example, in Holder there are no environmental contamination or geotechnical constraints. There is good public transport connectivity. It is close to schools and close to services.
Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, I have a point of order on relevance.
MADAM SPEAKER: Minister.
Mr Hanson: It is not about the technical detail with regard to the particular sites; it is about whether there is any possibility of alternative plans. Is the government locked into what is happening on those sites or does it have any alternative plans for those sites?
MADAM SPEAKER: The minister has time to complete the answer.
MS BERRY: I did answer the question at the start to say that there were lots of alternatives to building on community facilities lands within the suburbs, greenfield as well as purchasing off the market.
MRS JONES: Minister, within the sites that have been announced, is there any scope for the building works to be undertaken in a different way to what has been announced?
MS BERRY: That is exactly why a conversation has started about these developments for public housing renewal on community facilities land within existing suburbs. The best way to start a conversation is to actually start it. So we have done that. We want to hear from people about what the issues are and why they have those issues, and work on some practical solutions about the developments within those suburbs.
What I have been hearing from the emails that I have been getting and from the conversations that I have been having is that the issues are around the size, the parking, traffic issues and the amenity—making sure that it is sympathetic with the existing suburb. All of that is absolutely open for a conversation and I encourage it. There is no development application at the moment so we are at the very start of this conversation about these developments.
What I am hearing from people in the community in the correspondence that I am getting in my office is that they support public housing. That is great. Let us get on to addressing some of the practical issues and come up with the solutions together so that public housing tenants can be welcomed and be part of those strong and inclusive communities.
MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, in relation to public housing development opportunities, there is an active development application in relation to block 8 section 24 in Phillip, for