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Government fails to meet land release target, say Libs

THE ACT government has failed to meet its land release target for this financial year, the Liberal opposition claims.

Canberra Liberals Leader Elizabeth Lee said not only is the ACT government “deliberately” restricting the release of land in the ACT, it is also continually failing to meet low targets set by themselves.

“This is a government that failed to meet their own land release targets for detached housing in the last two years and it appears they won’t meet it again this year,” Ms Lee said.

Ms Lee’s comments are in response to media reports that 4700 sites were scheduled for sale this financial year under the ACT’s land release program, with the government admitting that hundreds won’t go to market by June 30.

“While Canberrans are faced with a median house price of over $1 million and the highest rents in the country, we have a Labor-Greens government that has its head in the sand,” Ms Lee said.

“Labor and the Greens are wedded to an infill policy that will see 70 per cent of Canberrans pushed into high rise apartment towers with the dream of owning a home out of reach for so many.”

Ms Lee said Canberrans are suffering through a housing crisis which the government refuses to acknowledge.

“The Canberra Liberals have put forward a number of solutions to help ease the housing crisis in the ACT while the Labor-Greens government refuse to even acknowledge there is a problem,” Ms Lee said.

“Instead, they are wilfully ignoring the crisis they have created whilst many struggling Canberrans are deprived of any real choice when it comes to housing options in the ACT.”

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One Response to Government fails to meet land release target, say Libs

Greg Hollands says: May 16, 2022 at 5:02 pm

No, they don’t have their head in the sand – it is a deliberate policy on the part of the Barr labor/greens coalition to restrict supply so that the price they get is driven up. This flows into increased stamp duty revenue and it is an economic win/win for them – but an absolute disaster for the long suffering purchasers of property in the ACT. Shame on you!

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