Page 853 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 9 April 2014

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relevant events for a celebration such as this tend to be those developed and run by young people themselves, and the government is very keen to see these activities continue.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, can you advise who will be attending the Youth InterACT Forum this week and what will be discussed.

MR BARR: Youth InterACT is a participative initiative set up by the ACT government in 2002 that encourages young people to have their say about issues in Canberra. This year’s forum will be held on Friday here in the Legislative Assembly and will be hosted by the Youth Advisory Council. “Our voice, our impact” is the theme of National Youth Week, and it is also the theme of the forum. The forum will focus on how young people aged 15 to 25 can use their voice to create change within the community and to influence government decision-making.

The forum will be attended by around 50 young people, including student representative council members; representatives from all public, Catholic and independent schools; youth-led organisations; and student associations. The forum will be co-facilitated by members of the Youth Advisory Council. There will also be a discussion panel of MLAs and youth sector representatives. I understand that Ms Berry and Mr Wall will be representing the Assembly at that discussion.

It is an excellent opportunity for young Canberrans to come and engage with important issues in their parliament. The government looks forward to welcoming them on Friday.

ACTION bus service—network

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, consultation on the draft ACTION network 14 took place between September and October last year. In January this year I understand you told Mr Coe that “currently the ACT government is in the process of finalising the details of network 14 and has not yet made a decision about the final network”. Minister, when will the new ACTION network commence?

MR RATTENBURY: I am anticipating that the network will commence in the middle of the year.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why has it taken so long to finalise the new network?

MR RATTENBURY: There are two reasons it has taken a while. The first is that we received very extensive feedback on the first version of the draft network. We took it out to community consultation and received around 2,500 individual items of

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