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MR STEEL: I will take that on notice.

MR COCKS: Minister, what arrangements are in place to ensure first responders suffering from PTSD are not experiencing financial loss if and while they are unable to work but are waiting on the resolution of their claim?

MR STEEL: I will take that on notice.

Planning—ACT Planning System Review and Reform Project

MS CLAY: My question is to the minister for planning. Minister, the planning review is underway and the community is awaiting release of the draft Territory Plan and district strategies. Will this revised system result in Canberrans getting what they need, where they need it?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. It is a very broad question. I am not sure exactly how the actual minister for planning would answer that question. I assume that she is talking about specific things that the community might like to see in a new Territory Plan. I can inform the community and the Assembly that the government is currently considering the draft Territory Plan and draft district strategies, and we anticipate that they will be released soon for public consultation.

The consultation process will enable the community to be able to engage with them and make their own assessment about whether they think they meet the needs of the community. We will have a consultation process that will bear some similarities to that for the Planning Bill, which has already been out for consultation and has been introduced into the Assembly. We want to make sure that we are engaging with a whole variety of different members of the community to get their views on the new district strategies and draft Territory Plan.

There will be a significant amount of material for people to work through, as part of that process. We know that this is complex. One of the main objectives of the process will be to ensure that this is going to be an accessible process that is as easy to understand as possible, and that the material is as easy to work with as possible through that process.

We are currently finalising the details of how that consultation will occur. I am sure that the minister for planning is looking forward to releasing that for the community to see.

MS CLAY: Minister, will you structure these consultations so that they are well advertised, on named topics, there is plenty of time in each session for the community to ask questions, and sessions are recorded and put online?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. The details about how the consultations will occur are currently being finalised. All information will be made available on the Your Say website as it becomes available. I imagine that there will be a range of different ways to engage with the government on this process. It is, as I said, quite a complex set of documents that will be released, but I think these are the documents that will put the meat on the bones of the new planning system. The

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