Page 2688 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 23 June 2009

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The annual report directions require responsible ministers to provide reports to the Speaker, who, in turn, is required under the act to provide them to the members of the Legislative Assembly before the end of September. Annual reports will also be made publicly available at this stage.

As there are no sitting days for the Legislative Assembly in the last seven days of September, reports will be presented to the Legislative Assembly on 13 October 2009. All reports will include audited financial statements and performance statements when presented. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Ms Hunter) adjourned to the next sitting.

Canberra plan

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (2.59): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

The Canberra Plan—Towards our second century—Report on implementation, dated June 2009.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to provide the members of the Assembly with an update on the government’s progress with achieving the goals outlined in The Canberra plan: towards our second century.

The Canberra plan was originally launched by the Labor government in 2004 with the aim to guide the growth and development of Canberra for this generation and beyond. In August 2008 we released The Canberra plan: towards our second century, which builds on the original Canberra plan, identifying changes that have occurred over four years and updating the plan to ensure that the vision, as well as the strategic themes, key objectives and future directions remain current as we move towards Canberra’s centenary.

Key issues such as climate change, water security, housing affordability and skills shortage have become a higher priority for the people of Canberra and for the ACT government in recent years. This is reflected in the 2008 update of the Canberra plan. While the future priorities listed in The Canberra plan: towards our second century reflect long-term plans for the future of our city, I am pleased to report that in less than a year we have already attained significant achievements in each of the priority areas.

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