Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 May 2017) . . Page.. 1464 ..
government has no intention to redevelop at this time.” Minister, why were those letters sent in 2016 when the site had clearly been planned for development since at least 2014?
MS BERRY: I am not the minister responsible for property group. With regard to the consideration of sites in the ACT for public housing renewal, there were some questions earlier which I have taken on notice. In addition to that, the decision on these sites was part of the cabinet process as well. That was an ongoing process within cabinet which could not have been identified to the community at the time.
MRS JONES: Minister, were there surveyors on that site prior to the letters being sent to me?
MS BERRY: I would have to take that question on notice.
MR HANSON: Minister, why wasn’t PANDSI consulted earlier when documents obtained through FOI and other sources show that planning had been occurring since 2014?
MS BERRY: There was no intention to mislead anybody. Of course, when the government gives consideration to all sorts of different planning across the city—development, where they are going to put speed humps or any other sort of work that the government does across the city—not all of it is identified straightaway, because it is under consideration. They are going through a process, and once they have completed that process then we can start the conversation.
It is important that we continue this conversation right now. I know that everybody is trying to find every excuse under the sun to try to stop this renewal program; but it is not the case that I am hearing the same kinds of things, particularly from residents of Holder, who are keen to find ways to get this renewal program working, so that people who are now residing in public housing that is unsuitable can be welcomed into a new community amongst the Holder residents; they can be supported there and the space that is there can be used by everybody, and we can build a really strong, inclusive community.
Access Canberra—service delivery
MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Regulatory Services. What does the recent survey on Access Canberra show about how satisfied Canberrans are with the services provided by Access Canberra?
MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Cheyne for her question and for her ongoing interest in the quality of services that are provided to the people of Canberra, both residential and business services. Access Canberra recently ran a survey about Canberrans’ awareness of and interaction with the agency. I am happy to report that not only is community awareness and use of Access Canberra’s client services on the increase but so too is satisfaction with each of its services.