Page 4548 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 31 October 2018

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When I met with women’s safety ministers at this event, it was clear that the critical issue facing all jurisdictions right now was the looming end to federal funding for vital services. In the ACT, members may recall that whilst we did not receive a great deal of funding from the commonwealth’s third action plan, we did get money for the Women’s Legal Centre to establish a domestic violence program to provide women with legal representation and holistic wraparound support. This service and this funding are crucial. It means that the centre has been able to extend their services to meet the growing needs of women who are experiencing domestic and family violence. Previously, this service was limited to just providing initial advice.

The service faces a funding cliff on 30 June. I am very hopeful that the federal government will see the importance of this matter and make an announcement about new funding for this program very soon, and many others like it across the country.

Public housing—renewal program

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, in your response to Ms Cheyne’s question yesterday, you said that the government would provide $100 million in additional funding for new public housing over the next five years. Minister, how much of this figure will be spent on replacement of current public housing dwellings in each year?

MS BERRY: The $100 million announcement that was made during the strategy’s launch on Monday is for 1,000 properties to be renewed over the next five years and 200 new public housing properties to be developed. Ongoing work as usual that occurs within Housing ACT will continue.

MS LAWDER: Minister, again in relation to the $100 million, how much in each year will be spent on additional public housing and additional assistance to community housing providers?

MS BERRY: At the launch of the housing strategy on Monday I also announced that an additional 151 properties would go to community housing providers to assist in improving and increasing the amount of stock that those organisations have. That 151 is more than any of the community housing providers in the ACT can deliver in four years, and we are delivering them in one.

MR PARTON: Minister, how many actual additional residences will be built each year with this $100 million?

MS BERRY: As I said at the launch of the housing strategy, at least 200 dwellings. It will depend on the makeup of those dwellings, but at least 200 dwellings have been committed to as part of the $100 million.

Ginninderry—environmental impact statement

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Environment and Heritage. Minister, the Canberra Times today reports that you have exempted the Ginninderry development

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