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Sartor Flags New Land Management Agency

by Dorothy Kennedy •
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While the Federal Labor Government is busy bedding down a message of fiscal restraint in inflationary times, the New South Wales Planning Minister Frank Sartor is setting up a $35m land management office.

The new Office of Strategic Lands, which will be part of the Department of Planning, is set to employ 35 staff, and will be expected to implement the Government’s land acquisition and management programs. It is not known whether the staff will be freshly recruited, or drawn from other areas of the Department.

Budget has been set aside for the top job, however, and a search is underway for an Executive General Manager who will report directly to the Minister. The remuneration package for the successful applicant has been pegged at $253,950 - $284,950 (SES Level 6). For the money, Sartor wants someone with CEO or general manager-level experience.

They will also need strong negotiating skills. At stake is the acquisition of land for planning purposes, including the regional open space and controversial rail corridors programs, and the administration of developer land release contributions for new land release areas. The new EGM is also expected to offload $600m worth of surplus lands, and manage the Sydney Region Development Fund (SRDF). Balanced against a $1.2b land acquisition liability, the Government wants to achieve a cost-neutral position in 15-20 years.

Click here for more information about the position. Applications close on February 22, 2008.

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