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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5334 ..

A total of $262,000 was spent on minor new works projects for community centres and youth centres for which the Department has responsibility.

Community consultation

(Question No 1147)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice; on 27 November 2003:

In relation to community consultation:

Does the Government still use the Community Consultation Protocol and Community Consultation Manual implemented under the former Liberal Government. If not, why not and what guidelines has the Government established for community consultation.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The Consultation Protocol and Manual were developed by the previous Government. Since October 2001 the Stanhope Government has gone beyond traditional consultation to develop stronger approaches to community engagement.

Examples of this type of engagement include:

establishing a Community Expert Reference Group where the community worked with government agencies to address bushfire recovery issues together;

establishing the Joint Community Government Working Group which involves engagement with the community sector to work together to address community sector issues; and

establishing a number of Ministerial Advisory Councils to provide advice to Government on key issues of Women, Ageing, Youth, Multicultural Affairs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and Disability. This enables the Government to engage with key target groups to enhance its decision-making.

I have decided to formalise these engagement processes through the development of an ACT Government Community Engagement Strategy. It will apply lessons learnt from the Bushfire Recovery Process and result in more strategic and effective engagement with the community.

It is anticipated that the Strategy will be developed by mid 2004 and will include extensive consultation with government agencies and the community sector.

2004 Rally of Canberra

(Question No 1150)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 27 November 2003:

In relation to the Rally of Canberra:

1. Will the Government provide funds to host the 2004 Rally of Canberra;

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