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AEIOU, and I commend Ricky Stuart’s passion and his ability to raise funds that have been given to autism-related issues. Obviously, we would welcome any input from the Ricky Stuart Foundation into this exercise as well.

On that point, minister, I am glad you are meeting with the Ricky Stuart Foundation. I hope that you would meet with the AEIOU Foundation as well and with the University of Canberra. But I am simply calling on our Assembly to affirm our bipartisan support for these additional early intervention services to families in the ACT. Yes, we have debated this motion a number of times and we have progressed it to a certain point. To the extent that we are now both almost on the same line, I hope that we can, as an Assembly, work together to recognise and support the AEIOU Foundation in their endeavours to establish this centre so that Canberra families can benefit from this quality early intervention program and future UC students, should they come to this arrangement, can also benefit from exposure to world-class intervention therapies for children with autism.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Planning—draft city plan

MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (10.57): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the Government’s draft City Plan, which was released for public comment on 21 October 2013, is an important document as it sets a vision for the development of the city centre, including improved public spaces, transport choices and opportunities for growth;

(b) the importance of the focus of the draft plan on increasing the residential population of the city centre to deliver a day and night economy, which requires changes to the way the city operates and moves at all times of the day;

(c) that the draft plan also looks at ways to connect the city centre to the foreshore as part of the City to the Lake proposal; and

(d) that the community has the opportunity to provide comments on the draft plan until 17 November 2013; and

(2) supports the development of a City Plan and notes its importance for growth and future development of the city centre.

Canberra’s city centre is important for three very good reasons. First, it is the local capital of the territory. Its role as the centre of the ACT makes it a place that Canberrans go to in large numbers for business and work, for leisure and recreation and for our joint community and civic functions. It is also the capital of a successful

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