Page 2142 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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Full-time Statutory Office Holders:—

Auditor-General, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Electoral Commissioner—Determination 4 of 2023, dated 16 June 2023.

Chief Executive Officer, City Renewal Authority and Chief Executive Officer, Suburban Land Agency—Determination 6 of 2023, dated 16 June 2023.

Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly—Determination 7 of 2023, dated 16 June 2023.

Part-time Public Office Holder—Chair and Members, Renewable Energy Innovation Fund Industry Advisory Board—Part-time Public Office Holder—Chair and Members, Child and Family Reform Ministerial Advisory Council—Determination 8 of 2023, 16 June 2023.

Territory-owned Corporations Act, pursuant to subsection 19(3)—Icon Water Limited—Our Statement of Corporate Intent—2023-24 to 2026-27 Business Strategy.

Business—alternative business models—update

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) (2.56): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Co-operatives and alternative business models—Assembly resolution of 7 April 2022—Government response.

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (2.56): I would like to thank Minister Cheyne for her response to my motion calling for support for the growth of Canberra’s cooperative sector. Cooperatives can play a vital role in enhancing the economic, social and environmental fabric of our community. They promote local development, empower workers and contribute to a more inclusive sustainable and interconnected community. We have a wonderful opportunity right now in this city to foster the building of healthy small businesses that thrive under the cooperative model. They benefit their workers and the community as a whole.

If Canberra wholeheartedly embraced cooperatives as the model for small businesses, the cityscape would transform into a vibrant tapestry of collective ventures. Cooperative grocery stores would dot the neighbourhoods, offering not just fresh produce but also a sense of comradery and shared values. Shoppers would enjoy knowing that their purchases directly support local farmers and sustainable agriculture.
Food cooperatives could organise educational programs on nutrition and cooking, empowering residents to make health choices while fostering a deeper understanding of our food system.

A cooperative spirit would infuse every corner of this city, with local artisans coming together to establish shared workshops and galleries. Picture an artistic district where cooperative art studios flourish, fostering creativity and enabling artists to collectively

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