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(2) When signing up to participate in the program, prospective Bike Stop Businesses are required to sign an agreement noting that they agree to provide the services free of charge to bike riders and others wanting to use the facilities for similar purposes (after a run or walk commute).

Government—land development policies
(Question No 457)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 4 August 2017:

(1) How many local centres are upgraded every year and what is the total annual budget available.

(2) Is an upgrade scheduled for the Downer Local Centre.

(3) Given that local residents have advised me that the Land Development Agency previously committed to the Downer Residents Association that the Government would upgrade the public areas of Downer Shops once the Community Housing Corporation land purchase was complete, what is the status of that undertaking and how much funding is available for the upgrade.

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

(1) Over the past 15 years, 28 local centres have been upgraded, resulting in an average of two upgrades per year. There have been 13 major refurbishments and 10 minor upgrades (totalling over $20m) to improve safety, amenity, function and commercial viability.

(2) There are no current plans to upgrade the Downer Local Centre.

(3) In February 2017, the LDA CEO was quoted in the Northside Chronicle newspaper as stating that there had to date, been no funding allocated to the proposed renewal of the public space adjacent to the local shops and the Downer Community Centre, and furthermore, that the nature of any future upgrade was still to be determined. This remains the case to date. The direct sale to Community Housing Canberra was finalised on 29 June 2017.

(Question No 458)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 4 August 2017:

(1) With respect to the Aged assistance Deferment scheme for rates, can the Treasurer advise the (a) number of property owners using the scheme, (b) annual value of rates deferred, (c) cumulative value of rates deferred, (d) interest rate charged on rates deferred, (e) average income of the property owners who have deferred rates, (f) minimum, average and maximum time that rates are deferred for and (g) total value of properties who rates have been deferred.

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