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considered relevant in response to the query in relation to being ‘up for sale’ nor were they ‘sold off’ in the preceding 5 years.

(3) The environmental values of the land in the Western Edge Investigation area will be carefully examined. The Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate is undertaking a scoping and preliminary investigations program into the suitability of the Western Edge Investigation Area for potential future uses. These potential future uses are not predetermined or limited other than through the direction of the ACT Planning Strategy (Action No. 1.2.1 – ‘Undertake environmental, infrastructure and planning studies for the western edge of the city to identify suitable areas for a range of uses.’) and includes consideration of whether areas may be suitable for environmental conservation.

More detailed studies, investigations and surveys will be needed in the coming years to refine where specific uses might occur, and this work will support advice to government. Relevant information will also be considered by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna. In addition, the provisions of the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) together with the ACT’s Planning and Development Act 2007 provide for consideration of environmental values.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Questions without notice taken on notice

Suburban Land Agency—sales

Ms Berry (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Hanson on Wednesday, 9 February 2022):

Land and property reports do not represent targets for single dwelling blocks. The 2021-22 to 2025-26 Indicative Land Release Program provides the estimated dwelling mix to be released. It shows 25 percent of releases, or 4,171 dwellings, as single dwelling blocks out of a total of 16,434 dwellings.

The Suburban Land Agency (SLA) and Ginninderry joint venture manage the delivery of single residential dwellings and other release types year to year and as part of a complex delivery strategy. They perform well against the ILRP estimates. The makeup of releases each year depends on a variety of factors but is designed so that overall ILRP estimates are met. For example, the estimate for releases by the SLA and Ginninderry joint venture for 2021-20 was 1,194 single residential blocks. They released 1,113 blocks which represented 93 percent of the estimated releases for that year.

As at the end of the second quarter of 2021-22 financial year (31 December 2021), the SLA and Ginninderry joint venture had released 218 single residential blocks. This exceeded the forecast of releases for the first half of the year, which was 173 blocks. These figures do not include private sector releases as they are separate to the Indicative Land Release Program.

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