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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 November 2021) . . Page.. 3201 ..

As the responsible Minister, I note the extensive engagement that has been supported to date in relation to Gungahlin, including through the Gungahlin town centre planning refresh and consultation on DV364.

The ACT Government through the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) has commenced the ACT Planning System Review and Reform Project (the Project), which is the first comprehensive review of the planning system in over 10 years. The objectives of the project and reiterated in the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement for the 10th Legislative Assembly, include to improve built form, place design and public realm outcomes across the Territory.

The Project will support implementation of a district approach to strategic planning to bridge the gap between ACT-wide and local area planning. This approach will include the development of District Strategies to identify the defining features of each district, what it is that sets them apart and that will help to shape resilient and strong individual districts that deliver a range of lifestyle choices for current and future Canberrans. The development of these strategies provides further opportunity for

the setting of that defining character for the district of Gungahlin and I note workshops on this topic have already occurred.

Thank you for referring this petition of 3 August 2021 to me. I trust this information is of assistance.

Motion to take note of petition

Motion (by Madam Speaker), pursuant to standing order 98A, agreed to:

That the petition and response so lodged be noted.

WorkSafe ACT—young workers strategy

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.02): My statement is in regard to WorkSafe ACT activities and initiatives for young workers.

Madam Speaker, young workers aged between 15 and 24 are some of our most valuable but also our most vulnerable employees. Young workers bring skills, innovation and enthusiasm to workplaces. Protecting and promoting their health, safety and wellbeing at work is an investment we make in the future of our community.

Concerningly, young people are also one of the most vulnerable groups of workers. They are more likely to be injured at work and face greater risks of serious injury, with around 12 per cent of serious workers compensation claims made by this group. The reasons for this are varied and complex. Young workers are inexperienced in

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