Page 4463 - Week 12 - Thursday, 26 October 2017

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MADAM SPEAKER: Members please! Minister, your time has expired. I am sure you had more valuable comments to add than what was being exchanged across the floor.

Land Development Agency—Williamsdale Solar Farm

MS LEE: This is not a question about SH’BAM, thankfully. My question is to the Minister for Suburban Development. I refer to a Canberra Times article of 12 June this year regarding the purchase of the site of the Williamsdale Solar Farm, block 1470 in Tuggeranong. The LDA board minutes did not record the decision to purchase the property. Due to a board member having a conflict of interest, there was scant documentation and there was no written business case prepared. The valuation that the purchase price was based on was 18 months old. Why did the LDA board make this decision without a business case or other relevant documentation?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Lee for the question. I will have to come back to the Assembly with some detail on that one.

MS LEE: Minister, why did not the LDA board note its decision to purchase the Williamsdale site?

MS BERRY: As with the first question, I will have to get some information for Ms Lee and bring that back to the Assembly.

MR WALL: Minister, why did the LDA buy this site based on an 18-month-old valuation?

MS BERRY: I will take that question on notice as well and bring back some information for the Assembly.

Land—section 72, Dickson

MR PARTON: My question is to Chief Minister: what is the contractual or commercial relationship between the Dickson section 72 sites acquired by the government and the block of land next to the Dickson Tradies that is currently a car park?

MR BARR: Block 20 section 34, as it was then known, was put to the market via request for tender as a future development site. Two submissions were received in response to that. One of those was from the Canberra Tradesmen’s Union Club; they were the highest bidder. The then Economic Development Directorate negotiated with them as the highest bidder and reached an agreement on a final transaction that involved, as I think members are well and truly aware, the sale of block 20 section 34 as well as the ACT government’s acquisition of blocks 25 and 6 in section 72 in Dickson.

The contractual arrangements can be made available; that is not a major issue. The final decision, of course, to proceed with the transaction was made by the

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