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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 October 2021) . . Page.. 2833 ..

City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Amendment Bill 2021

Ms Berry, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (5.27): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Amendment Bill 2021. The amendments being introduced in this bill today are administrative in nature. However, they have an important objective of providing future options for the government’s response to ensuring housing choices for the continued growth of Canberra as a major regional city.

Land is one of the most important resources we manage as a government. The Suburban Land Agency and the City Renewal Authority were established to ensure that land management meets the expectations of this city. The government does not just buy and sell land. Our aim is to ensure that all our decisions about land result in fantastic new neighbourhoods and more diverse housing choices for Canberrans. The SLA and the CRA exist to help build the infrastructure that makes our city a great place to live.

Supply is central to delivering on this community’s expectations for housing. The ACT government is committed to ensuring that there is an adequate supply of land to meet the demand from Canberra’s growing population and economy.

Under the ACT Housing Strategy the government has committed to an equitable, diverse and sustainable supply of housing for the ACT community. This goal focuses on a range of outcomes, including how the ACT government will provide land and opportunities for housing development for a growing population, provide housing choice and enable high quality housing that meets the needs of ACT residents. Many objectives underpin this goal, including providing land and housing development opportunities to meet demand, maintaining a healthy land and housing development pipeline and providing a diverse mix of housing types and choice.

As published in the ACT Housing Strategy year 2 report card, excellent progress has been made against this goal, including publishing the annual indicative land release program, publishing the ACT Land and Property Report, Territory Plan variations and requests for proposals for demonstration housing projects and studies of urban intensification areas.

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