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Thursday, 27 February 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Alteration to reporting date

Motion (by Mr Smyth, by leave) agreed to:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 28 November 2013 referring standing orders relating to consideration of reports by Assembly committees to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure be amended by omitting the words “by the last sitting day in February 2014” and substituting “by the last sitting day in March 2014”.

Regional Development—Select Committee


MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (10.01): Pursuant to order, I present the following report:

Regional Development—Select Committee—Special Report, dated February 2014, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

In February last year this Assembly resolved to appoint a committee that was tasked with inquiring into the ACT’s relationship with the surrounding region. The committee sought to identify opportunities for greater collaboration on a range of areas, including economic development, service planning and delivery, health and education, procurement and environmental and heritage matters.

The committee held three public hearings, on 23 May, 29 May and 22 August, including a historic hearing in this chamber, something that I hope can happen more in the future.

I think it is important that I take some time to thank those who contributed to this committee process and to those who supported the committee throughout its tenure. I think I speak on behalf of the committee when I thank Dr Brian Lloyd, the secretary of the committee, and the committee secretariat. Dr Lloyd put in a lot of work for this committee, and I thank him for all of the help and advice he provided us throughout this process.

I would also like to thank all of the mayors, deputy mayors, councillors, general managers and officials who contributed their time and their ideas to this committee.

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