Page 3919 - Week 10 - Thursday, 20 September 2018

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The City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency housing target determination No 1 issued in February this year provided a target of 353 affordable dwellings, 143 public housing dwellings and 34 community housing dwellings. Can the minister advise on the progress of the development, sale and construction of these dwellings?

MS BERRY: I can. I will take part of that question on notice and provide that information back to the Assembly. But what I can talk about, which will be of interest to Ms Le Couteur, is work that the ACT government is doing with CHC housing around the land rent scheme. Last week I attended my first home purchase, by a family in Moncrieff who were able to accept the keys and then go into a new home under the land rent scheme which is now available to organisations like CHC so that the person who is purchasing the home can just purchase the cost of the home and not the additional cost of the land, which allows them the opportunity to get into an affordable home of their own and then perhaps save money to purchase the land later on. It is those kinds of initiatives that the ACT government is working on, a whole mix to deal with the complex issue of housing affordability and making sure that there are a number of options available for individuals in our community.

MS LE COUTEUR: How are the numbers of affordable dwellings, public housing dwellings and community housing dwellings in the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency housing target determination No 2 issued this month determined?

MS BERRY: I understand that Ms Le Couteur asked that or a similar question during estimates committee hearings recently and I understand that a response to the recommendations that were made from the committee has been provided. If there is any more information that I can provide to Ms Le Couteur on that matter I will bring it to the Assembly.

Animals—pet ownership

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for City Services: on Monday you released a report entitled Final Report: Independent Review into the Management of Dogs in the ACT, which was received by the government in April 2018. Whilst we applaud the release of the report and note recommendation 10 in particular, which says that DAS should actively promote responsible pet ownership, why did the government withhold the release of this report for nearly six months?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. In relation to the timing of the release of the independent review into dog management this week, the ACT government’s animal welfare strategy launched last year set an expectation that the ACT government would be an Australian leader in animal welfare management practice. The ACT government then commissioned the independent report into how the government manages dogs as a result of a number of factors, including meeting the objectives of the animal welfare strategy, the process of amending the Domestic Animals Act and, of course, the work of our late colleague Mr Doszpot in championing this cause.

The review covers the recent history of this issue in more detail—

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