Page 4686 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 31 October 2017

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closely as well with community councils across the ACT, including the Weston Creek, Woden Valley, Tuggeranong, Molonglo, Gungahlin and inner south community councils.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, how has the community responded to the public housing renewal program?

MS BERRY: The feedback from the great majority of tenants, of course, has been very positive. Members will have seen in the newspaper over the past week a photography exhibition which gives a human face to the bricks and mortar behind public housing in the ACT. If you get a chance to get to PhotoAccess and have a look at the exhibition that would be a great opportunity for you to hear and read the stories firsthand of some of the individuals in public housing.

Some of the feedback from tenants that I have heard includes things like “A new home where my family and friends can come and visit”, “I have a positive outlook” and “I’m so grateful for the work that you are doing on a daily basis to help me move into my own home”. From the Mawson Citizens Group:

The Mawson Citizens’ Group have been genuinely and pleasantly surprised by the willingness of the Minister and the Taskforce to listen to local residents’ concerns and adapt the design accordingly.

The MCG are satisfied that the resulting design is one that addresses key issues raised by the community and provides a high quality environment for new tenants, to enable them to successfully integrate into the neighbourhood and prosper.

From the Weston Creek Community Council:

The Council congratulates the Taskforce for the way that they have engaged with the three groups [Chapman, Holder and Wright] and took into account the comments and the information provided by the community in relation to the three separate sites.

Feedback so far has been very positive, and I want to thank the members of those communities for the way that they have engaged with the housing renewal project.

MS CODY: What is the significance of the diversity of voices that you have heard as part of the consultation process in the lead-up to recent DA lodgements?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cody for her supplementary question. As I mentioned earlier, the process for tenants to move into their new homes and introduce them to their new communities has involved a diversity of a great many voices. The linking into new communities task force was work that commenced prior to my becoming housing minister. It was put together by the former minister, Mr Shane Rattenbury. His work in setting up this task force has led to a very active and collaborative governance group, making sure that tenant engagement activities and their move into new homes has been successful, as part of this public housing renewal program.

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