Page 2639 - Week 07 - Thursday, 2 August 2018

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I am very pleased with the work that my directorate did—time on weekends, so in their personal time—in coming along to assist in the collaboration hub. They did a great job.

MR STEEL: Minister, can you outline to the Assembly the next steps for the housing choices consultation and demonstration housing project?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Steel for the question. There is no one right answer to the question of how we meet our future housing needs. It is quite complex. The collaboration hub has been a genuine opportunity for the citizens of Canberra to influence future housing choices and planning and development in our city. The hub has presented me with a report of their recommendations. The government will now consider the collaboration hub’s recommendations and present a formal response in the coming months.

The government will also carefully consider the recommendations presented by the hub, alongside the feedback received through the consultation on the housing choices discussion paper, before developing any proposals for further community engagement. For anyone interested in the recommendations from the hub or the feedback received during consultation on housing choices, the reports on both are published on the your say website.

With regard to the demonstration housing element of the broader housing choices project, the first stage of an expression of interest process has now closed to submissions. I am advised that there has been a great response to the call for proposals, with a diverse group of applicants with a range of ideas received. After assessing proposals received from stage 1 of the EOI, the directorate will refine the requirements for the next stage of the process. Demonstration housing precincts will provide an opportunity to showcase innovative housing design and delivery in a real-world example.

Building—code compliance

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, the CFMEU have recently embarked on a campaign to discredit certain builders in the ACT. The campaign against certain builders includes claims that imply that buildings currently being offered for sale are not compliant with the Building Code of Australia, fire standards or other relevant construction standards. Minister, are you aware that CFMEU officials have been actively engaged in a smear campaign against certain builders and building companies and also blockading display suites across the ACT?

MR GENTLEMAN: I am not quite sure how that falls into my portfolio of planning. Interestingly, this is the first I have heard of the actions that Mr Wall has notified us of.

Mr Wall: Supplementary question, Madam Speaker.

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