Page 511 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 23 March 2022

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The bill is a reasonably technical piece of work. I anticipate that community engagement will escalate as we work on district strategies. This is the real heart and soul of the planning system, where people will feel connected to outcomes in their neighbourhoods.

As I said in the previous answer, I am particularly keen to get our diverse communities together for this community-building activity. Of course, we here, as local members, are also leaders within our communities, and I encourage all members of the Assembly to encourage their networks to have their say on the planning bill.

MS CLAY: Minister, how will you capture and publish the community feedback so that the community can see it?

MR GENTLEMAN: That is another important question. Ensuring that we capture the widest range of views as possible is important to me and to the ACT government, from expert planners to people who are planning to build a home, or young Canberrans. One of the ways that we are making the consultation accessible is by providing a range of options for people to have their say. People are able to make a quick comment on the bill, they are able to click through so that they can provide targeted information on individual chapters, or they can make a longer submission.

We have made sure that fact sheets are written in plain language, to guide the general community through the bill. We are also providing a policy overview paper that provides more detail that is appropriate for planning professionals. I understand that an animated video is also in the works and should be released in coming weeks. We will make use of social media channels to distribute information and links to the Your Say page. We will also work with our community partners, partly through the Environment and Planning Forum itself, and partly through providing tools for these groups to spread the message to their own membership.

We are hosting, as I mentioned yesterday, information sessions where people can raise questions. There will be a different suite of engagement activities for the district strategies which will be more focused on reaching out to the general community.

Access Canberra—dementia

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Business and Better Regulation. Minister, last term the Assembly passed a motion about dementia-friendly spaces. Can you please update the Assembly on the work Access Canberra, in particular, has done to ensure its service centres are dementia friendly?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. To confirm its commitment in assisting customers living with dementia, in October 2020, Access Canberra engaged Dementia Australia to undertake an environmental review of its service centres. The review process used the dementia friendly community environmental assessment tool providing a systematic framework for assessing buildings and identifying areas for improvement.

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