Page 1398 - Week 04 - Thursday, 30 March 2017

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Housing—alternative housing
(Question No 120)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, upon notice, on 17 February 2017:

(1) Is the New Experimental Architectural Typologies (NEAT) competition that was run by the Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter in collaboration with the Land Development Agency and the Environment and Planning Directorate in 2014 to encourage delivery of alternative housing options for Canberra proceeding; if so, where and when; if not, how, if at all, has the ACT Government implemented the results of the NEAT competition.

(2) Did the ACT Government commit to considering the 2014 winning designs for implementation as an infill demonstration precinct.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The NEAT competition was completed in 2014. The former Minister for the Environment, Mr Simon Corbell MLA, announced the winners on 23 November 2014.

The Steering Committee established to oversee the NEAT competition is no longer operating, however, the ACT Government, through the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce and the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, is continuing to work on identifying a suitable infill site for which a select concept/s from the competition may be constructed. This is consistent with the terms of the competition. In selecting a site there are a range of factors to be considered including other community needs and priorities.

(2) No. The terms of the competition stated: “Independent of the Competition, but following on from it, the Steering Committee (see below) may, at its absolute discretion, shortlist a number of concepts submitted to the Competition for possible design refinement, documentation and construction by the ACT Community Services Directorate (CSD) and / or Defence Housing Australia (DHA) on a specific infill site within Canberra”.

ACTION bus service—disability access
(Question No 135)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 24 March 2017:

(1) How many of the ACTION bus fleet are equipped for accessible transport.

(2) What factors influence whether an accessible bus is assigned to a particular route when determining rosters for daily bus routes.

Ms Fitzarris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) A total of 326 regular route buses of 428 are currently DDA compliant (76.1% of the total route service fleet). Transport Canberra also operates a fleet of 18 mini buses for

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