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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 February 2018) . . Page.. 418 ..


wants to hear it. The panel should be up and running by midyear. I look forward to the government releasing further details over the coming weeks and months. This is just one of the government’s measures to ensure that we have broad consultation in the Canberra community.

The Chief Minister has also released the new whole-of-government communications and engagement strategy, which is modelled on the UK’s government communication service. It draws upon the established work and talent of the University of Canberra’s Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance to guide the government’s interaction with the public over the next two years. It will help ensure a more coordinated whole-of-government approach to community outreach and will be updated annually.

Some of the community consultations that will be driven by this strategy are the review of the graduated licensing scheme, consultations on the future Gungahlin nurse-led walk-in centre, the design and development of a new Canberra theatre, upgrades to the Belconnen bikeway and light rail stage 2 to Woden. Through this strategy, the government are being open and transparent about our agenda. Canberrans will be able to see the conversations that we need to have. This not only clearly signals to our community and our key stakeholders what is in the pipeline for engagement; it is also a powerful tool to enable the government to deliver a more coordinated and consistent approach to engagement.

It also continues the innovative approach that the government has initiated through our citizens jury process, which I called on the Chief Minister to trial last year. I want more Canberrans to be able to play a role in shaping their city every day on the issues that make a difference to people’s lives. This includes planning for the health system of the future, through the territory-wide health services framework, and for the future of our education system by developing a strategy for a high performing education system that provides more for better schools, better teachers and better support for all students in Canberra.

I note Minister Berry’s statement this morning about the progress of this conversation. It is fantastic to hear that 44 per cent of people that have been involved in the consultation have been students, in addition to parents, carers and other teachers and professionals involved in our education system.

Another key issue is transport. We will be continuing the conversation with Canberrans about how they move around our city and how we can avoid the gridlock experienced in other major cities. The Canberra community and industry will play an important role in shaping a refreshed planning strategy to ensure the government’s approach across planning, transport and climate change is aligned and complementary.

Housing choices engagement began in November last year. It has sparked an important conversation in the community. We will use innovative, deliberative methods to engage with a representative group of Canberrans to consider and weigh up the demands in housing and housing options in Canberra.


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