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taken by the ACT Government to fully implement the Moss Review recommendations. Actions to address the conclusions under Recommendation 9 is being progressed by an Inter-Directorate Project team led by the Justice and Community Safety Directorate.
(Question No 1445)
Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 11 May 2018 (redirected to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development):
(1) Is the Minister aware that Access Canberra is advising residents of Moncrieff that the Minister’s Directorate has not yet handed over the suburb to Transport and City Services.
(2) Is the Minister aware that this management arrangement is the reason residents are given for Fix My Street requests not being actioned in a timely manner.
(3) What are the criteria for a suburb officially becoming a suburb and are the same criteria and standards used for all suburbs from development to completion.
(4) When will Moncrieff be handed over to Transport and City Services Directorate.
(5) How are requests for suburb maintenance and services handled when a suburb remains under the management of the Suburban Land Agency?
(6) What is the additional cost of having the management and administration of municipal services duplicated.
Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The Suburban Land Agency has advised me that certain areas in Moncrieff, such as the Community Recreation Park and the Stage 6B open space, are currently on consolidation for the next three to six months, depending on the rate of growth of the plants. Until the end of the consolidation period these soft landscapes will remain the responsibility of the relevant Suburban Land Agency contractor. Therefore Access Canberra are correct in advising residents that these areas have not been handed over to Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate (TCCS). The Suburban Land Agency works closely with the TCCS to ensure land is formally handed over to them, as the asset owner, at the end of a project. There are numerous construction stages that make up an estate and the handover process can occur over a period of time. As such, there will be different areas within a new suburb where either TCCS or the Suburban Land Agency’s contractors are responsible for management/maintenance of assets.
(2) No, neither the Suburban Land Agency or my office have been made aware of this. The Suburban Land Agency works with TCCS to effectively manage communication with stakeholders about handover of assets and therefore ensure that Fix My Street requests are actioned by the correct land manager in a timely manner.
(3) The creation of suburbs (Divisions) occurs under the Districts Act 2002. The Structure Plans within the Territory Plan typically identify the location of new suburbs. Prior to new suburbs being released for development, the Environment, Planning and