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An effective consultation strategy is not something that can be developed once off and then left alone. It must be an evolving process, as the experience of the local area planning advisory committees which were established this week demonstrates. What has started this week is just the beginning, and in my discussion with Gary Humphries about the LAPACs one of the suggestions I put to him was to put in place an evaluative mechanism straightaway. It may be useful, for example, to have an evaluation sheet at the end of each meeting, including the first meeting today, for participants to register their impressions of the process.
There are also some very creative ideas when it comes to consultation. It does not all have to be public meetings and submissions. Some ideas are explored in the discussion paper, and we hope to have a lot of input from the residents of Canberra, key stakeholders and other MLAs. The committee is aware that the Government is developing its own consultation strategy in addition to the LAPACs which are already under way, and we look forward to commenting on this and receiving feedback from the community on any initiatives which are announced. I am sure that this discussion paper will provide a useful base for debate around the issue of community participation and consultation in the ACT.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT - STANDING COMMITTEE
Inquiries into a Strategic Plan and Graffiti
MR MOORE: I wish to inform the Assembly, pursuant to standing order 246A, that on 23 June 1995 and 1 August 1995, respectively, the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment resolved to conduct the following inquiries:
(1) the nature of a strategic plan for the ACT;
(2) the environmental, social and financial impact of graffiti in the ACT and the appropriate means of preventing graffiti damage, having regard to:
(a) education programs;
(b) policing aspects;
(c) clean-up arrangements; and
(d) any other related matters.
I ask for leave of the Assembly to move a motion in relation to the inquiries.