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MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I draw your attention to the fact we have Mr Richard Mulcahy, former member of the Assembly, here in the chamber. Welcome back. Did you enjoy Question Time, Mr Mulcahy?

Mr Barr: How could you not?

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, thank you.

Suburban Land Agency—land acquisitions—quarterly report

Paper and statement by minister

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (3.20): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Act, pursuant to subsection 43(2)—Suburban Land Agency—Land acquisitions quarterly report—1 July 2017 to 30 September 2017, dated October 2017.

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

Leave granted.

MS BERRY: In July this year the ACT government established the Suburban Land Agency under the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Act 2017. The Suburban Land Agency was established to deliver greenfield development, and encourage and promote urban renewal outside the defined precinct of the City Renewal Authority.

In accordance with the objects for the agency under the legislation, I provided the agency with authority to exercise its functions to ensure a mixture of public and private housing in new suburbs; increase the supply of affordable and community housing that meets or exceeds the affordable, community and public housing targets set out under section 65 of the legislation; and carry out the development of land in a manner that is environmentally sustainable.

To ensure greater transparency of the activities of the agency, I am committed to creating an environment of clarity and openness, mirroring community expectations. I have stated previously that the ACT government’s expectation is that the Suburban Land Agency meet its compliance and accountability requirements, while effectively and efficiently delivering the government’s suburban renewal and land development agenda.

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