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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 March 2015) . . Page.. 799 ..

Madam Deputy Speaker, we in this place have been spurred on collectively by the public events that have occurred, the tragic and horrific events that we have seen nationally and locally. But let us not forget that the bulk of domestic violence occurs behind closed doors and is invisible to the community. It is only our sustained action, the cultural change that must come from leaders in our community that will effect a change in relation to domestic violence. It is not just the horrific events that we have seen; it is those other events, the other domestic violence that is occurring behind closed doors.

I thank members for their contributions. I thank the Attorney-General for his amendments. I look forward to the meeting that will occur, where I hope that another step can be taken in our community’s battle against domestic violence.

Amendments agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Planning—Oaks Estate

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (11.24): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that Oaks Estate is a 40 hectare village on the ACT border near Queanbeyan. First settled in 1836, the village has been part of the ACT since 1911;

(b) that a draft Policy Plan for Oaks Estate was developed by the former NCDC in 1983; in 1994 a Territory Planning Study was undertaken; in 2001 an Oaks Estate Planning Study was commissioned and in 2012 the ACT Government started community engagement on a master plan to identify issues of concern to local residents;

(c) that in addition, two heritage assessments were conducted in 2002 and 2013, both of which recommended the Village be heritage listed as a “place of historic and social significance in the ACT”;

(d) that despite all these attempts at community engagement and government interest, Oaks Estate was described in the 2006 census as one of two most disadvantaged suburbs in Canberra;

(e) that despite pleas and submissions to various Ministers in the current and previous ACT Government, the area remains seriously neglected with rising levels of crime, increasing social disadvantage due to changing demographics and increasing isolation due to no public transport, no safe pathways and no support services; and

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