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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (22 March) . .

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operating cemeteries in the ACT. I thank the authority for their work contributing to this important process. I also thank the committee and its chair, Ms Orr, for its report, and I commend the government response to the Assembly.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (3.23): I want to rise as a member for Murrumbidgee and say how pleased I am that the Woden cemetery will not be expanding but, in fact, that the southern memorial park is going to be progressed. There is a very limited amount of open green recreational space in the middle of Woden.

It is anticipated that Woden's population is going to increase considerably. There are quite a number of large multi-unit developments, either recently completed or in the planning, and I think it is very appropriate that that space be reserved for the living, not the dead, in the centre of Woden—I could not miss that, I am afraid. And I look forward to the further discussion about tenure options for cemeteries because I think that it is one of the conversations that Canberra, as we grow, will have to have.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Blueprint for youth justice in the ACT 2012-22—progress report

Paper and statement by minister

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (3.25): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT 2012-22—Progress Report 2012-17, dated March 2018.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I am pleased to table the five-year progress report on the blueprint for youth justice in the ACT 2012-22, which provides evidence that early intervention, prevention and diversion strategies are leading to better outcomes for children, young people and their families.

As members of the Assembly would be aware, the blueprint is a 10-year strategy that provides a framework for youth justice reform through early intervention, prevention and diversion of young people from the youth justice system. Last year, as we approached the midpoint of the blueprint, I announced the establishment of a new blueprint taskforce comprising key community and government representatives who will use the progress report to consult with the ACT community and advise me on the key priorities for the next five years of the blueprint.


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