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Wednesday, 25 September 1974
Page: 1382

Senator MILLINER - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Urban and Regional Development. Is the Minister in a position to advise whether or not the study of the redevelopment of Canberra, announced some time ago by the Minister for Urban and Regional Development, is continuing? If the study is continuing, could the Minister inform the Senate what has so far been learned from such inquiry?

Senator CAVANAGH - The first stage of the study has been completed. The first phase of the study refers to the redevelopment of the residental commerical and industrial areas of Canberra. It went on to the existing areas and the need for change in those areas. The report outlines the major problems associated with change in the old areas of the Australian Capital Territory in particular, including social factors as well as issues requiring further study. The identifications of issues were based on discussion with community groups, business organisations and government agencies. The preparation of reports for public discussion is under way. These reports will contain both technical and low key data and will be widely distributed, and I hope they will be tabled in the House. Further stages of the study are to focus on the issues raised, including procedures to control intensification in residental development, site assembly, pricing policies and the housing requirements of socially disadvantaged groups such as the poor, the aged and the students in Canberra.

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