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control processes and training and on-the-ground support for records management compliance; operational policy and procedural updates on issues such as land transactions, due diligence and sales and marketing; and ongoing training and professional development across key governance capabilities.
In relation to acquiring land from private lessees, the government is working to finalise revised land acquisition directions that will provide certainty, transparency and consistency in the information that is required to inform acquisition decisions and ensure that these decisions are aligned with the government’s strategic plan for land management and development across the territory. This direction will be a disallowable instrument and will be publicly available. As required by the legislation, I will present a report to the Legislative Assembly after the end of each quarter on any land acquired by the agency during that quarter, providing any valuations and other information prescribed by regulation.
The government articulated its vision for Canberra in relation to suburban land development and urban renewal particularly as the population of the ACT approaches half a million people. We need to continue our work to ensure the availability of new homes in new suburbs and the delivery of safe, inclusive, sustainable and affordable neighbourhoods across Canberra. The ACT government has a duty unique among state and territory governments to ensure the appropriate planning, development, financial return and social dividend for this community’s finite land assets. Equally, this provides a unique opportunity to achieve great outcomes for Canberra. We can achieve best practice governance and planning, and make sure that as many Canberrans as possible have access to safe, secure and affordable housing.
This is an opportunity the government is determined to realise and, as the responsible minister, I will be working hard with my ministerial colleagues to ensure that our strategy is clear and achievable, contemporary and best practice, and representative of the community’s needs and wants. I present the following paper:
Suburban Land Agency—Progress—Ministerial statement, 22 August 2017.
That the Assembly take note of the paper.
MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.13): The Greens welcome the establishment of the SLA, and I am very pleased to hear this summary of work to date from Minister Berry. The government has clearly made a good start, but there is a lot more to do. I must admit I was very surprised when the minister said that the ministerial directions were going to be set in the coming days, which sounded like it would happen very soon. Why didn’t we have this statement once we actually knew what the government had told the SLA to do?
Given that the government has not yet done so, I will go through some of the things that I think are very important. With respect to affordable and public housing targets, the minister mentioned the need for affordable housing in the ACT. This has been