Page 4248 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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There was extensive involvement from all parts of the housing sector in the lead-up to the summit. As we now sit down to develop a new strategy, I hope these perspectives will continue to be present. At the summit I announced three initiatives that are an important first step to progressing this work: a housing innovation fund of $1 million to seed new affordable housing initiatives; the first annual affordable public and community housing supply target; and a new affordable home purchase database to ensure that the subsidy the community provides for affordable land release is provided fairly and equitably.

The government has also focused on making sure that those facing homelessness continue to be have access to quality support services. Of course, in public housing the unprecedented renewal program has continued its work, replacing more than 10 per cent of the ACT’s public housing dwellings through an investment of more than half a billion dollars.

Through our wideranging conversations across the community we are continuing to reflect on and talk about the design locations for the remaining dwellings in both new and established areas. On 1 July 2017 the Suburban Land Agency was established to promote suburban land development and urban renewal in established centres and suburbs outside declared urban renewal precincts. As an enabler of housing types and a shaper of future suburbs, this agency is key to all of the government’s housing goals. Its formation marks another achievement of the government’s first year.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the many generous people who have contributed to the achievements in my portfolio areas. In the last year I have been constantly reminded of the commitment, professionalism and community-mindedness that so many Canberrans have. They have been central to the success of this work. I look forward to more achievements in the year ahead, earned together with the many great contributors in our community. Madam Speaker, I present the following paper:

Government achievements—One year in—Ministerial statement, 24 October 2017.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2017

Debate resumed from 14 September 2017, on motion by Mr Ramsay:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (3.50): This is an interesting bill from a number of aspects. The Residential Tenancies Act already caters for bond guarantees, but it does not say much about them other than that they are an alternative form of bond. This

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