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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 28 November 2019) . . Page.. 4772 ..

Our approach will balance efficiency and effectiveness to deliver the best outcomes. Our approach will be citizen-centric and focus on consistency and integration with other government policy. This project complements the work being carried out on building reform and the review of the Territory Plan under the ACT planning review.

Canberra will continue to be a compact and efficient city in the landscape with more growing up and not out. Reform to our unit titles legislation is a key way the government can deliver on this objective and other themes of the ACT planning strategy.

I am pleased to confirm the intention of the government to press ahead with much-needed reforms in the timely, practical and consultative manner I have outlined. I am confident that the Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 delivers on the first stage of reforms as well as the government’s commitment to managing buildings better into the future.

Debate (on motion by Ms Lawder) adjourned to the next sitting.

Cemeteries and Crematoria Bill 2019

Mr Steel, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for City Services, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Recycling and Waste Reduction, Minister for Roads and Active Travel and Minister for Transport) (3.25): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I am very pleased to introduce the Cemeteries and Crematoria Bill 2019 which will replace the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003. The development of this bill is the culmination of work that our government has done to ensure that we truly understand the needs of all citizens of our diverse territory and ensure that those needs can be met in a financially sustainable way. In particular, the bill ensures that cultural needs and preferences around burial and cremation can be met and provides a framework to ensure that cemeteries and crematoria are operated in a way consistent with community expectations and high standards.

The review of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act commenced in late 2018 with a comprehensive community engagement process. Over 10 weeks we held two focus groups and two information sessions, had pop-up stalls in town centres across Canberra, received seven submissions, spoke to more than 250 people face to face and received back more than 740 surveys. We engaged with the community about their needs and preferences about burial and cremation and whether their needs are being met.

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