Page 822 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 27 February 2013

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relation to its commitment 7.2 under the current parliamentary agreement between ACT Labor and the Greens. Also, a number of commitments by the government to deliver better infrastructure and services to the Tuggeranong community are well underway or have been implemented.

On community needs in the Lanyon valley, the government is well aware that demographic change is placing considerable challenges on retaining services within Canberra’s districts. Pressure is being placed on urban infrastructure and services. Meeting this pressure and continuing the efficiency and liveability of our districts is an important issue.

The government has always been committed to effective planning and the delivery of local services based on good information and sound assessment processes. The government carried out a community facility needs assessment of the Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Woden areas in 2004. The report made a number of recommendations with respect to the demand for and supply of community facilities in those areas that have informed decision-making.

The ACT planning strategy has identified the importance of managing population and demographic changes in the community. Overall, while Canberra’s population is relatively youthful, it is an ageing community. The act planning strategy commits the government to preparing a community facilities strategic plan. Initiative 7.2 of the agreement is also consistent with the objectives and strategies of the ACT planning strategy. The outcomes of the community needs analysis will provide input into the development of this community facilities strategic plan.

The government will undertake a community needs analysis that will cover all government services in southern Tuggeranong. The needs analysis will involve the collection of data and information from key stakeholders within the ACT, in government and in the community, including community sector agencies, about services provided. This will include considering earlier work and other relevant studies that have been carried out.

The needs analysis will also involve establishing how and where these services are delivered to establish a spatial representation for the delivery of services; analysing the 2011 census data to develop a profile of the community in southern Tuggeranong and understand demographic trends and population projections; seeking the views of government agencies and community organisations about future trends, needs and demands for community services; conducting a gap analysis between the existing services and trends and desired needs and demands; determining the priority for addressing the gaps between current and desired needs and outcomes, based on future trends and desired needs and demand; and establishing priorities based on maximising community benefits as measured by meeting government outcomes.

The government looks forward to undertaking this study with the community so that we can all be better informed about both the challenge and the opportunities that lie ahead in providing better services for south Tuggeranong.

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