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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 June 2021) . . Page.. 1594 ..


and community members must lodge an expression of interest. And depending on the level of interest, participants are randomly selected. There are also separate stakeholder consultations, and I have been made aware of concerns about that. For instance, only one person can attend from each community council, some stakeholders have not been invited at all and no substantive details of the review have been circulated. How will the EPSDD make sure that it gets informed input from key stakeholders, including the ACT Conservation Council, the Environmental Defenders Office, community councils, Pedal Power, the Public Transport Association of Canberra and other groups?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Clay for the question. It is an important time in the planning review project, as she has indicated, with those stakeholder workshops opening up. Ms Clay is right in that there are limited numbers, due to ensuring that we are COVID safe, and we have put out the expression of interest for people to attend. Of course, we do want as many people as possible from a variety of community groups and community people to attend the stakeholder workshops wherever possible, but we do need to be COVID safe.

I think the next meeting of the EPF will be on 28 June. That will be one that I will be attending. All community councils have expressed an interest in attending that meeting, as well. It will be separate from the current stakeholder meetings. So it will ensure that groups like community councils get to have their say at the EPF as well as at the stakeholder meetings for the review of the planning act.

MS CLAY: If community interest in the community district planning meeting exceeds the places, will you offer additional sessions for the public in each district?

MR GENTLEMAN: I will not be able to guarantee that. We are trying to get as many people as we can, of course. It has been a long period of discussion with the community to get to this point. We are now moving through the review process. Where possible, we engage, wherever we can. We do want their feedback and we will look at what we can do to ensure that we get all the feedback necessary.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, what do you want to achieve from the stakeholder and public consultations for the planning review?

MR GENTLEMAN: I think we have made this very clear. We want to engage with the Canberra community to seek their views on the planning review project to ensure that we can put those views in place for that important work into the future.

Health—COVID-19 vaccination rollout

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, the Canberra Liberals have been contacted by a constituent who informed us that they are having great difficulty with completing the post-vaccine survey. They rang ACT Health to report their difficulties, only to be told, “Don’t worry about it.” Why is the government not ensuring that Canberrans are able to give proper feedback on the vaccine process, and what is the response rate to the survey?


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