Page 3966 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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Public consultations also included using online methods, with the use of two websites, a YouTube fly through and electronic surveys where a total of over 9,000 hits and submissions were recorded. Using YouTube, the community was able to see what was possible for the city plan and put what was being discussed into perspective. Again, I would like to commend the ACT government on their work in this arena, using new consultation forms to their full potential.

In addition to the full public consultation, the city plan conducted targeted consultations within the community through targeting 60 stakeholder groups, including businesses and resident groups. This included two seminars targeting purely new Acton residents. A presentation was made to the board of the National Capital Authority and there were meetings with interest groups such as individual members of the Walter Burley Griffin Society and key stakeholders such as the current business owners and leaseholders operating in West Basin.

As part of these key consultations, 92 submissions were received. The length of submissions ranged from a few sentences to over 60 pages. They covered a wide range of issues from general comment to specific elements of the project and all aspects of the proposal. The majority of individuals and organisations that made submissions were well informed, having visited an information display, attended seminars or viewed the website information. Overall, the submissions were well considered, thoughtful and added significant value to the consultation outcomes.

All of these consultations were widely publicised through the use of social media as well as print in the Canberra Times, the Chronicle and other free print media and radio announcements. I would like to take this moment to highlight that the second round of consultations, which are using all three techniques, is currently occurring and will be open until 17 November.

Through the coming years we will start to see this positive and transformational change to the city centre, which we all think we will continue to enjoy long into our city’s second century.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (11.15): I thank Ms Berry for bringing this motion to the Assembly for debate today. The establishment of the process to create the city plan is an important initiative of this government designed to set in place the strategic planning framework we need to guide the growth of our city into its second century. The city plan has seen a very strong level of response from the Canberra community, with over 15,000 Canberrans having their say on the development of the initial proposals that have led to the draft city plan which the Chief Minister and I released for public comment earlier this month. The work of the draft city plan now really does underpin the government’s broader strategic planning objective. It is worth taking the time to put the city plan in its broader context, which is the government’s overall strategic planning framework.

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