Page 5390 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 16 November 2011

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including Canberra’s young people. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year from last year, Mr Anthony Antioch, who has made an exceptional contribution in his roles at functions and activities in supporting and representing young people in the territory over the past 18 months.

Mr Antioch has participated in the government’s Youth InterACT scholarship committee, providing advice and recommendations on the allocation of grants for individual young people aged 12 to 25 who wish to attend an activity in a learning capacity or through sports, conferencing or personal career development through participation in various activities, events and courses. I note that the Youth InterACT scholarships are open for the December round, and I encourage young people to consider applying.

Anthony has also participated in the conduct of interviews for the Youth Advisory Council, which continues to provide feedback on important topical issues to the government. I note that nominations are currently open for the Youth Advisory Council, which has provided the government with useful feedback on matters such as body image, young people and entertainment, young people as road users, young people transitioning from care and school, and alcohol and drug misuse.

Finally, Anthony has been involved in the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year committee for this year, assisting in the selection of the final winners and commendations.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, how do I go about nominating my granddaughter Jessie for such an award?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Hargreaves. Your granddaughter Jessie is a fine young Canberran, and there are many in our great city. I would encourage you to go to the Youth InterACT website and the Community Services website and follow those necessary links to make sure that your Jessica has the information that she needs.


MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and is in regard to his planning decisions announced yesterday. Minister, yesterday you announced that variation to the territory plan 300 for Gungahlin town centre and variation 310 for the inner north have both been notified as final variations, and you also announced that you would exempt the Kingston foreshore precinct from third-party appeals. All of these announcements reduce community involvement in planning.

Given that it has been usual for draft variations to be referred to the Assembly’s planning committee for cross-party discussion and community consultation, have you now decided that the planning committee is not the appropriate forum for consideration of draft variations?

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