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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 4961 ..


services and emergency services, infrastructure and facilities that will continue to need to be built and augmented as our city grows.

A challenge for us, clearly, is that the city's urban boundaries are constrained—rightly so. We do not support development in our water catchment or in our national parks, and it will be the case that Canberra's next 100 years will not see the urban sprawl that the first 100 years have seen. That is a fact. We will need to see more population accommodated within the existing city footprint.

Of course, the rate of population growth is impacted by the rate of natural increase, the rate of international migration and the rate of interstate migration. Interstate migration is very strongly linked to the strength of our labour market. Natural increase continues to occur because it would be fair to say that the making of babies will not go out of fashion anytime soon.

Animals—off-leash areas

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for City Services. Minister, the have your say on city services for better suburbs pack 1 map has information for Canberrans to use so they can provide feedback to the government regarding responsible dog ownership. Under the heading "Walking your dog", the map says "all dogs in public areas (except dedicated off-leash dog parks) must be on a leash". I repeat: "all dogs in public areas (except dedicated off-leash dog parks) must be on a leash". Yet the TCCS website identifies a wide range of other "off-leash areas" which are not dedicated off-leash parks. Some of these are shared spaces such as community paths. Minister, which is wrong: the better suburbs map or the TCCs website?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I am happy to check the TCCS website and make sure that it is in fact showing the correct areas for off-leash dog parks.

MS LAWDER: Minister, following your checking of the website, if my information is correct will you correct the wrong information and apologise for misleading the public?

MR STEEL: I have already said that I will check the website to make sure that the information on there is correct.

MR PARTON: Minister, how can anyone comply if the message is not clear and accurate?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. As I said, we will check the website to make sure that it is correct. Whether the information is factually correct or not is not yet known. We will have to check that and find out whether that is the case. But it sounds like it is a fairly minor error, if there is an error at all.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—NAIDOC Week

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. Minister, as Canberra is hosting national NAIDOC Week


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