Page 2491 - Week 07 - Thursday, 3 August 2017

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MR PARTON: Minister, to the best of your knowledge, have these reports been lodged with the Gambling and Racing Commission or Domestic Animal Services?

MR RAMSAY: As I was saying, the information is that the questions that have been raised in relation to swabbing practices on 28 February have been passed on and they are currently being investigated by Access Canberra.

MR COE: Minister, have these reports been made available to the Canberra greyhound club?

MR RAMSAY: I will take that on notice.

Housing—new housing strategy

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Can the minister advise the Assembly of the work now underway to engage the community on the development of a new housing strategy?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Orr for her question. The ACT government is developing a housing strategy that will focus on reducing homelessness, strengthening social housing assistance, increasing affordable rental options and improving pathways to affordable homeownership. To build on last year’s efforts, I have brought together industry and community stakeholders to participate in further conversations about housing in the ACT. In aiming to deliver increased affordable housing for low income households we are utilising a diverse group that represents the multiple ways in which the same problem can be looked at by different people.

Last week I issued a discussion paper, Towards a new housing strategy, to help inform the community conversation about housing and homelessness ahead of the housing summit the ACT government will hold in October. The government has commenced a comprehensive engagement process, initially with community organisations, industry and service providers, in order to develop some broad themes and areas for reform. These broad themes have guided the development of the public discussion paper, and we now want to hear from all Canberrans on their experiences and ideas to address housing affordability.

A range of opportunities to contribute ideas and help to shape the government’s future actions will include: online engagement through the ACT government’s your say website; facilitated discussions with stakeholder groups and subject matter experts; targeted focus group discussions and workshops; engagement with key industry and corporate organisations; and public information sessions. Contributions received during the engagement period will be presented at the housing and homelessness summit on 17 October.

MS ORR: Minister, what involvement did the affordable housing advisory panel play in this process, and how will that group be used going forward?

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