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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 October 2021) . . Page.. 2836 ..

the government chooses to do so in future and pending arrangements being made between the ACT government and the New South Wales government or local shire representatives.

A related second amendment introduced in this bill clarifies that the proceeds from the sale of the land and not just leases of land made by the Suburban Land Agency will be the income of the Suburban Land Agency. Following the first amendment, this will ensure that the income from any land sales outside the ACT will be returned to the SLA.

Lastly, the bill amends the definition of land in the dictionary of the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Act so that it is explicit throughout the act that land purchased by the Suburban Land Agency may include land located in New South Wales.

In summary, the amendments in this bill will provide the legal capacity for the Suburban Land Agency to purchase and sell land outside the ACT’s borders, should the government seek to explore this option in the future to provide more greenfield sites and housing choices for Canberrans. This will ensure that choices for future housing stock include greenfield residential blocks which are supported by integrated place-making infrastructure. We will keep looking to deliver land in a way that builds community social connection.

This bill is another step forward towards ensuring that the government’s framework for managing land keeps on delivering new housing options for Canberrans. As a government, we are committed to doing more than just offering land for sale. We want the Suburban Land Agency to build great new neighbourhoods that are affordable, sustainable and connected. This government will keep working hard over this term to deliver on that commitment and to deliver more housing options for Canberrans into the future. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Cain) adjourned to the next sitting.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Hanson) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Milligan for today’s sitting for personal reasons.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

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