Page 4472 - Week 12 - Thursday, 26 October 2017

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To ensure that the government has land available for development, acquisition of privately held leases of land is required from time to time to provide for future development, environmental offsets or other uses. As I have indicated previously, the government is committed to providing certainty, transparency and consistency in the information that is required to inform acquisition decisions, and committed to ensuring that these decisions are aligned with the government’s strategic plan for land management and development across the territory.

I committed that, as required by the legislation, I would 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 any other information prescribed by the regulation.

I have received the first quarterly report on land acquisitions from the Suburban Land Agency. During the reporting period, the agency purchased the lease of land for block 1600 Belconnen on Stockdill Drive, Holt. The purchase of this land was settled on 31 July 2007 at a cost of $4.6 million.

The government identified blocks where a contract for the purchase of land existed at the commencement of the new agency in schedule 2 of the transfer instrument issued by the government on 30 June 2017. This is one of the blocks identified in that instrument.

It is important to highlight that the assessment work and subsequent valuation for this purchase of the block was carried out in April 2017 and was done so under the instruction of officers of the Land Development Agency. The LDA board agreed to purchase the block on 25 May 2017 in accordance with the land acquisition policy framework in force at the time, as exchange of contracts had occurred prior to the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Act 2017 coming into effect. When the new Suburban Land Agency was established from 1 July 2017, settlement of that block was finalised.

Madam Speaker, I commend the report to the Assembly.

Government buildings—aluminium cladding

Papers and statement by minister

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (3.25): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Aluminium composite cladding—Report, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 20 September 2017, concerning aluminium cladding on government buildings.

Combustible facade cladding—preliminary fire safety assessment—Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, Garran, ACT, dated 3 August 2017, prepared by Defire.

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