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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Friday, 23 April 2021) . . Page.. 1148 ..

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.44): I want to thank all the members who have contributed to today’s debate. It has been very positive to see members of all political parties in this place speak with a shared voice about the importance of Yerrabi Pond, talk about the current state of affairs, and then talk about something of a shared vision of what it should look like into the future.

This echoes what comes from the community. I do not think these are unique thoughts that members in this place are articulating. These are quite genuinely the views of our constituents. It is quite straightforward: Gungahlin residents want to see Yerrabi Pond improved. I am very confident and very optimistic that that is what is going to happen. This government is committed to listening and engaging with the community. This government is committed to making Yerrabi Pond a better place. That is a very good thing and I know that the Gungahlin community is excited to watch this space and be involved in the journey.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Ms Castley) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Hanson for today’s sitting due to illness.

Government—business support

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (10.46): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the importance of Canberra’s 30,000 small businesses which employ almost two-thirds of Canberra’s workforce;

(2) further notes:

(a) the ACT Government has established several ministerial advisory councils to enable important groups in the ACT to represent the views and experiences of their communities including women, our multicultural community, seniors, youth and the LGBTIQ+ community, but there is no dedicated platform for the small business community;

(b) it is important the ACT Government understands the issues affecting the small business community and implements policies which support the sector to grow; and

(c) the ACT has previously had a small business ministerial advisory council which provided practical, strategic advice to the Chief Minister on policy; and

(3) calls on the ACT Government to establish an ACT small business ministerial advisory council to comprise representatives from key sectors in the small business community.

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