Page 695 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2006

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We have successfully promoted the concept of “Think globally, act globally” within the ACT and in the last year this has resulted in 1,420 inquiries to the home energy advisory service; 541 Canberrans carrying out home energy audits; 3,476 indoor water tune-ups; 1,092 outdoor water tune-ups; 40 water audits on commercial buildings and rebates for 10,324 shower heads, 342 dual flush toilets and 537 rainwater tanks.

Canberra continues to grow and prosper through the efforts of its people and its community. While the government is often seen as undertaking activities associated with the Canberra plan, in reality the community is involved in most activities, whether through consultation, partnership with government or direct delivery of services.

In recent months, planning for our centenary celebrations has commenced and many individuals have already shown a keen desire to be actively involved. The centenary task force is working closely with the wider community to plan for our 100th birthday. Already members of the community have contributed over 1,600 creative ideas on how we might celebrate during 2013.

Many of the wonderful ideas received to date for our centenary reflect the Canberra plan’s key themes. The areas that Canberrans have indicated were most important for our city’s future include: seeking out opportunities for personal development and growth; participating in community life; being inclusive and valuing individuals’ experiences and perspectives; capitalising on our strengths; joining forces to work in partnership towards common goals; creating vibrant community spaces and facilities; respecting our heritage; conserving our landscape and efficiently using resources.

The Canberra plan is being incrementally implemented with the assistance and strong support of the community. Today I would like to thank all Canberrans for their efforts in making Canberra such a great place to live and for furthering our vision to make Canberra the best in Australian creativity, community living and sustainable development. I present the following statement:

The Canberra plan—ministerial statement, 28 March 2006.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received letters from Dr Foskey, Mr Gentleman, Ms MacDonald, Mr Mulcahy, Mr Pratt, Ms Porter and Mr Seselja proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion. In accordance with standing order 79, I have determined that the matter proposed by Ms MacDonald be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

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