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Although we applauded the concept, there were some major failures in its implementation, in the early stages, which resulted in a fair bit of pain for a number of individuals.

I truly hope that this project will improve the Housing ACT system and not further exacerbate the broken system that is currently Housing ACT. So many applicants and tenants are fed up with the system and want answers. I hope that this announcement today brings some optimism to many of those people who are frustrated.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning—age-friendly city plan

Ministerial statement

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (11.40): I am honoured to rise in this Assembly today to provide an update on the work progressed under the Age-Friendly City Plan. Two years ago, the Age-Friendly City Plan was launched. This followed significant engagement to determine and outline priorities for action, through a large-scale survey and a series of community workshops over 2019.

I am having one of those nice moments that I have every now and then where I get to talk about work that is progressing on things that I used to follow while I was in the community sector.

The Age-Friendly City Plan is the product of a shared vision and ambition of the Canberra community and ACT government. It is founded in and charts our continuing progress on the ACT government’s longstanding commitment to older Canberrans, which includes being accepted as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities in 2011.

At this halfway mark, the plan provides the ACT government with a touchstone for collaboration, engagement and accountability for older Canberrans across directorates. As part of the ACT government’s commitment to older people, articulated in this plan, I welcome the opportunity to table the annual progress report in the Assembly today and make this annual ministerial statement.

This reporting covers the period of January to December 2021. I will now provide a summary of progress against each of the four focus areas. A full progress report update against each action will be made available on the Community Services Directorate website. Of the plan’s 33 actions, I am delighted to report that 11 actions are complete, 19 are in progress, two are on hold and one is yet to commence.

The first of the four focus areas of the plan is Involved, Connected and Valued. This centres on fostering the active involvement and participation of older Canberrans, with the recognition that these individuals bring experience, wisdom and resources to enrich and strengthen our communities. In relation to actions identified in the plan, I am pleased to report the following.

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