Page 5410 - Week 14 - Thursday, 30 November 2017

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MR PETTERSSON: Minister, could you provide the Assembly with an update on the extensive consultation process that has been undertaken for the first half of the program?

MS BERRY: Yes, I can. Obviously, working closely with communities gaining new public housing has been important during the program to date. We have seen some great examples of communities coming together to support the idea of new neighbours. This was the case with one of the first developments delivered in Chisholm and more recently through design consultation in Mawson. I would like to quote 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 to the neighbourhood and prosper.

More than 200 residents have engaged in public forums held at new public housing sites. The public housing renewal program task force has held almost 30 meetings with resident groups. The task force has also worked very closely with community councils to brief and consult them about developments of public housing dwellings in their areas, including the Weston Creek Community Council, the Woden Valley Community Council, the Tuggeranong Community Council, Molonglo Valley community group, Gungahlin Community Council and the Inner South Canberra Community Council.

Tom Anderson from the Weston Creek Community Council recently wrote to me and said this:

The Council congratulates the Taskforce for the way that they engaged with the three groups—

That is the groups in their area—

and took into account the comments and the information provided by the community in relation to the three separate sites.

I would also want to acknowledge the work of the community sector representatives in working with communities across Canberra to understand their concerns and welcome this program.

Light rail—work health and safety

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, WorkSafe ACT has issued improvement notices and prohibition notices, as well as fines totalling $14,000 for safety breaches on the light rail construction site. What were the breaches issued for, and when were you informed of those breaches?

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