Canberra is not running out of land

There is enough land in the ACT to ease Canberra’s housing affordability crisis, Shadow Minister for Planning Mark Parton said.
The Labor-Greens monopoly of land supply has created Canberra’s housing affordability crisis by restricting the release of new land for standalone housing.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s justification for locking thousands of aspiring families, first home buyers and low-income Canberrans out of the housing market is that Canberra is running out of land.
“Canberra is not running out of land. There is plenty of land to meet the aspirations of many Canberrans,” Mr Parton said.
“The truth of the matter is the Labor government has put profits before people. It has been known for quite some time now that the guiding principle of Labor’s land release program has been to maximise profits from land sales.
“The result is the housing affordability crisis we have today. Canberra families, first home buyers and low-income earners are moving to places like Googong and Murrumbateman for affordable free-standing housing.
“This is wrong. You don’t have to drive far to see thousands of hectares of vacant, unused land.
“A Canberra Liberals government will release enough land to give Canberrans more affordable housing options.
“This is our vision, and this will be our guiding principle toward creating a more sustainable housing market,” Mr Parton concluded.