Page 5702 - Week 15 - Thursday, 10 December 2009

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Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Earlier this year in its response to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates on the inquiry into the Appropriation Bill 2009-2010, the government agreed to consult further with the United Ngunnawal Elders Council and the Indigenous Elected Body in relation to plans to fund a Ngunnawal genealogy study and report back by December this week. I would like to take this opportunity to do that. I promised during estimates to report back to the Assembly by this week, and I table a report on the position of the government, shared for the information of members.


Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile for the September 2009 quarter.

Strategic plan for positive ageing

Paper and statement by minister

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Strategic Plan for Positive Ageing 2010-2014—Towards an Age-Friendly City.

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

Leave granted.

MS BURCH: Today it is my pleasure to present the ACT strategic plan for positive ageing 2010-14. In the Canberra plan, towards our second century, the ACT government committed to developing a comprehensive strategy for our older citizens to support healthy and meaningful ageing, to decrease social isolation and to help people adapt to retirement. While the ACT has a relatively young population, it is experiencing one of the fastest demographic shifts. It is projected that the territory’s population of people aged over 60 will increase from 15.8 per cent of the total population in 2010 to 19.6 per cent in 2020 and to 22 per cent by 2030.

To meet the opportunities and challenges that that presents, an ACT strategic plan for positive ageing was developed this year by the ACT Office for Ageing within the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services. It did so in partnership with the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing—I would just like to acknowledge Alan Hodges here and others—and was being informed through consultation with many individuals, community groups and government agencies. While the ACT government has identified many ways in which it can promote positive ageing, the community as a whole also must recognise its role and responsibilities.

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