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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 August 2015) . . Page.. 2732 ..


people’s thoughts. To truly get the whole story of west Belconnen, more than 160 schoolchildren were also surveyed to ensure that all voices had the chance to be heard. Through this process we identified key priorities to address place-based disadvantage in west Belconnen: a better start for children under eight, supporting stronger families, employment pathways for young people, and connecting older people in the community.

In March this year I opened the first meeting of the network leadership group—the small group of local leaders, residents and champions from the organisations I have mentioned. The group is now working collectively on each of the focus areas and increasingly reaching out to local businesses, schools and others in developing the responses to these needs. I will soon be releasing new material to further encourage community involvement in this process.

This is a theme right across the better services initiative—making our services better integrated and better tailored to local needs. It offers better value for public money and better support for those who need it—and the local services network is central to these goals.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why was no data available for the ACT regarding criminal convictions and domestic violence for this report, as was available in 2007, and unlike other regions?

Ms Berry: I am not clear on the question the member is asking.

MADAM SPEAKER: Would you like to repeat the question, Ms Lawder?

Ms Berry: I do not know whether she is referring to the community services blueprint.

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lawder?

MS LAWDER: I am referring to the Dropping off the edge report.

MADAM SPEAKER: Will you repeat the question so that I can hear it and Ms Berry can hear it.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why was no data available for the ACT regarding criminal convictions and domestic violence for this report, as had previously been available for the 2007 report and for other regions?

MS BERRY: I do not have that detail with me. I will have to come back to the chamber with that.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, what has been the response by the broader west Belconnen community?


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