Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 November 2017) . . Page.. 5254 ..
Ms Berry: May I seek clarification on the question? Is the member asking regarding the current Suburban Land Agency, or the Land Development Agency?
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Parton, do you want to repeat your question or provide that clarity?
Mr Parton: It is the current Suburban Land Agency.
MS BERRY: I will take the question on notice.
MR PARTON: What safeguards are in place to stop the Suburban Land Agency from putting undue reliance on informal valuations, as happened with the LDA?
MS BERRY: As has been said publicly on a number of occasions in this place, the transparency required of the Suburban Land Agency has been made very clear. There are quarterly reports made to the Assembly on purchases. There has already been one report in this Assembly on a purchase that had been commenced by the former LDA and completed by the Suburban Land Agency. I have already responded to questions during committee hearings about work that is continuing with the board and with the chair of the board on how we could better engage the community in the work of the Suburban Land Agency and board.
The transparency required of the Suburban Land Agency has been made very clear in this place a number of times publicly. My letter that I read out during committee hearings makes clear my expectations of the Suburban Land Agency and the board, and that work will continue.
MR COE: Minister, what safeguards are in place to ensure that the Suburban Land Agency spreads work around amongst panel members, and are you happy with the composition of the panel?
MS BERRY: The advice I have on the panel is that it is appropriate, but I will continue to work with the board to ensure that it is appropriate and as transparent as possible and that the work of the agency and the board is as clear and as transparent as it possibly can be for the Canberra community.
Land Development Agency—processes
MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Urban Renewal. Minister, in a Canberra Times article of 23 November 2017—
MADAM SPEAKER: We had this matter yesterday. I think you are referring to suburban development.
MS LEE: I double-checked. I know that we had this issue yesterday, so I double-checked the parliamentary website. It says “Minister for Urban Renewal”, so that is why I went back to it.