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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 7 June 2017) . . Page.. 2048 ..

Demonstration housing precincts

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (6.00): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT has historically led Australia in development quality—for example, in the late 1990s, Kingston Foreshore and Gungahlin Town Centre were leading showcases of street-based mixed-use development;

(b) nationally and internationally, best practice has moved forward since the 1990s—for example, leading precincts in Europe are delivering profitable, high-quality, environmentally-sustainable housing, including substantial affordable housing;

(c) in “Canberra: A Statement of Ambition”, the Chief Minister states that “we need more than a ‘business as usual’ approach to achieve our potential and deliver the successful, equitable and sustainable city Canberrans seek”;

(d) the Minister for Planning and Land Management’s Statement of Planning Intent and the New Experimental Architecture Typologies (NEAT) competition moved towards delivering a demonstration housing precinct, however, no housing has eventuated to date;

(e) demonstration precincts are important as they test innovative design, construction and planning processes, prove the financial viability of new approaches, increase industry skill levels, drive demand for innovative products and showcase local industry capabilities;

(f) Canberra’s design and construction sectors include world-class skills and could provide highly-competitive export firms for the ACT;

(g) Canberra’s research and academic community includes world-class skills in areas such as design and renewable energy;

(h) housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable in the ACT;

(i) many older Canberrans remain in the family home due to the lack of appropriate options for “ageing-in-place” within their neighbourhoods; and

(j) the environmental impact of housing comes from construction, occupation, renovation and eventual demolition and it is important to consider the impact of all phases; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to deliver one or more world-leading demonstration housing precinct/s that:

(a) include at least 600 dwellings in total;

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