Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (20 February) . .
As a territory authority, the Suburban Land Agency is required to prepare a statement of intent in accordance with section 61 of the FMA. The board of the agency has prepared its first statement of intent following its establishment. The statement sets out the objectives and priorities for the agency and how it will measure its success in achieving those. It was drafted to incorporate the government's intentions in establishing the agency and reflects the priorities embodied in its legislation.
The Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Housing and Suburban Development wrote to the chair of the agency in August of 2017. The letter set out the government's expectation for the agency as it delivers new suburbs and revitalises existing ones. The government has stated that it expects that the performance of the agency and board will be based on the principles of accountability, transparency and participation, and the statement of intent has been developed to achieve these expectations.
The agency has identified key strategies to deliver on the government's priorities, including the sale of 2,880 residential dwelling sites and over 136,000 square metres of land for mixed use, commercial, industrial and community uses outside the declared urban renewal precinct. The agency has a land sales revenue target in the fiscal year 2017-18 of $576 million.
The agency is working closely with the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate to ensure that it implements good governance in its operations and decisions and the implementation of its activities. This will be a process of continuing review and improvement to ensure that land development and sales are well managed. The agency recognises the importance of complementing its master planning, land development and sales activities with a focus on the social and community aspects of establishing and developing new and sustainable communities.
The agency's community development program, Mingle, is a key initiative aimed at promoting the creation of vibrant and sustainable communities. The Mingle program is integral to the community establishment process, and the agency seeks to achieve this aim through a range of events, activities, resident engagement and communication. All activities are based on the notion of encouraging new residents to feel part of their community and become involved in community development. In the first six months of this current fiscal year, Mingle delivered 21 successful activities and four community newsletters in the new suburbs. I commend the statement of intent to the Assembly.
City Renewal Authority—statement of intent
Paper and statement by minister
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (3.38): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Financial Management Act, pursuant to subsection 62(2)—Statement of Intent 2017-18—City Renewal Authority, dated 12 January and 12 February 2018.
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