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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 25 October 2018) . . Page.. 4293 ..


and Road Safety and Minister for Mental Health) (3.14): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Molonglo Valley Strategic Assessment—Independent Audit—Government response.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: On 7 June this year I tabled the first independent audit of the Molonglo Valley strategic assessment, undertaken by the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. The commissioner undertook the audit as a result of a ministerial direction that I gave under the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act 1993.

The purpose of the audit is to independently verify the progress against the strategic assessment commitments between the ACT and commonwealth governments. The agreed commitments formed the conditions of approval for development in the Molonglo Valley. The commitments are to be delivered over the 30-year time period of the strategic assessment with an independent audit to be undertaken every five years.

Minister Gentleman has the portfolio responsibility for this matter as the Minister for Planning and Land Management.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (3.15), by leave: I thank Minister Rattenbury for tabling the report. As the minister responsible for the implementation of the Molonglo Valley strategic assessment I am pleased to provide comment on the government’s response to the first independent audit undertaken by the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment.

The government’s response to the audit highlights progress since the audit was completed in April 2018, including the work undertaken to deliver four corrective actions and it makes further comments in relation to the recommendations handed down in the audit.

Of the 60 commitments in the strategic assessment the audit report identified that 44 were compliant, 28 of which had observations; 11 were non-compliant; four were undetermined; and one was not applicable. The majority of non-compliant commitments were only deemed non-compliant due to the time frames not being met, even though the commitments have been delivered.

Four corrective action requests were issued in relation to high-risk items to ensure strategic assessment commitments are met. These related to finalising the Molonglo River Reserve management plan, incorporation of actions and monitoring into


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