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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 14 September 2017) . . Page.. 3739 ..

Mr Hanson, who have not been completely supportive of this particular development in lots of different ways, there has been support from others in Wright for public housing renewal in the suburb of Wright.

There were significant changes made after conversations with—

Mr Hanson: I take a point of order on relevance, Madam Speaker. Maybe the minister is getting there but my question is specifically about the changes that have been made and when the DA will be lodged rather than a broader discussion about the merits or otherwise of public housing in the ACT.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think the minister was getting to it. I heard the word “changes”. The minister has a minute left, if she could come to those points.

MS BERRY: The Wright community were advised at the start of this conversation, as the other public housing renewal sites were advised, that we were going to commence the building of public housing but that we wanted to talk to them about the amenity. That included the size, the number, the look and feel, and the amenity as well as some issues around car parking and traffic control.

All of those issues have been discussed with the Wright community. As far as I am aware, the last time I was advised those changes were supported generally by the initial Wright community. Once the development application is lodged, which will be soon, the proposed development will be part of that development application.

MR HANSON: Minister, what is the total maximum number of dwellings that you will now allow to be built on this site in Wright?

MS BERRY: As I said, once the development application is launched, the actual number of units will be advised in the development application.

MRS JONES: Minister, are any other sites in Wright being considered for public housing development?

MS BERRY: I cannot recall at the moment if there are; certainly not as part of the public housing renewal program. There could be, so I am going to take that on notice and double-check.

Public housing—renewal program

MR PARTON: My question is directed to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development in relation to the public housing renewal program. Despite assurances from the Chief Minister earlier today that there would still be some public housing on Northbourne Avenue, we know that the vast majority is being moved elsewhere. Minister, what assessments were made in regard to the impacts of public housing closures in Civic and along Northbourne Avenue?

MS BERRY: Considerable work was done with the public housing tenants, and there continue to be considerable supports in place, through the public housing renewal task

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