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Tuesday, 11 September 1973
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Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

(1)   How many blocks in the (a) restricted and (b) unrestricted categories will be offered for sale by his Department in the Australian Capital Territory during 1973-74.

(2)   How many blocks will be made available for (a) town houses, (b) detached housing and (c) flats during1973-74.

(3)   Will this quantity be sufficient to meet expected population growth in the 12 months period.


Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) The honourable member will be aware that I have suspended land auctions in Canberra for the present. The existing policies and options available in the provision of land and housing are under review with the object of identifying principles and guidelines for possible Government action within the Canberra land and housing market.

The National Capital Development Commission proposes servicing about 5,300 blocks in 1973-74 of which about 3,800 will be available for lease for detached houses. As well, sufficient blocks will be available for lease to accommodate about 850 town house units and 1,150 residential flats. The remaining blocks will be used for Government houses and flats.

Indications are that this amount of residential land should be sufficient to meet the housing needs of over 20,000 people.

The honourable member would know however that there is an inevitable time lag between land release and house occupation. Canberra's present land shortage relates back to supply decisions taken last year and earlier by the previous Government.

Australian Capital Territory: Child Care Centres (Question No. 803)


Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital

Territory, upon notice:

Will he, in his plan to establish small child care centres in the Australian Capital Territory, make provision for the licensing of these centres and make arrangements for social workers and pre-school teachers to make regular visits to them.


Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The proposed system of neighbourhood child care is essentially an arrangement between the parent and the child minder. No formal licensing requirements are envisaged partly because there is a desire to keep the costs and techniques of administration as low and simple as possible. A pre-school teacher and a welfare officer will visit the child care centres on a regular basis and instructive pamphlets will be distributed to parents and child minders.







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