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MS FITZHARRIS: I refer to my previous answers.
MR HANSON: Minister, will your proposed inquiry have the ability to require witnesses to give evidence under oath?
MS FITZHARRIS: I refer to my previous answer, Madam Speaker.
MRS DUNNE: Minister, what steps can your proposed inquiry take if a person refuses to give evidence?
MS FITZHARRIS: I refer Mrs Dunne to my previous answer.
Land—section 72, Dickson
MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Urban Renewal. Minister, how will the recently launched second stage of community engagement for section 72 shape the future of this important part of Dickson?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Cheyne for her question. The second stage of community engagement for section 72 does indeed provide a great opportunity to continue the public discussion on the future of this part of Dickson. Dickson section 72 is a unique part of Canberra that offers the potential to provide more community facilities, innovative housing models and more affordable and social housing in the inner north. This will include Canberra’s second Common Ground, a housing service for homeless and low income individuals and families, which is an ACT Labor election commitment.
Ms Cheyne: On a point of order—
Ms Le Couteur: On a point of order—
MADAM SPEAKER: Points of order from two members. I believe they are about the noise coming from members of the opposition. Can you please stop interjecting and having loud conversations. Minister, continue.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Thank you, Madam Speaker. As I was saying, this will include Canberra’s second Common Ground, a housing service for homeless and low income individuals and families, which is an ACT Labor election commitment. I commend the Deputy Chief Minister for her tireless efforts in driving this project.
If you visit section 72 today you will see derelict buildings and empty blocks next to community facilities like the Dickson pool, Majura Tennis Club and Northside Community Services. The site’s proximity to services at the Dickson group centre and public transport makes this an urban renewal project with great opportunity to benefit the residents of Dickson, Downer and the wider inner north community.
Following the feedback that was collected in the first stage of community engagement, two design scenarios have been developed to show how the future of