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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 6 August 2015) . . Page.. 2470 ..

Over 80 submissions and 200 have-your-say cards were received on the Belconnen town centre master plan stage 1. Engagement activities were reaching the general community, in particular the wider Belconnen community and stakeholder groups. Over 120 submissions and feedback forms were received on the Woden town centre draft master plan and over 100 written submissions and feedback forms were received on the Mawson group centre draft master plan.

On Curtin, there have been over 200 feedback forms so far. On Calwell, 60 feedback forms were received. I attended Calwell shops personally and spoke to residents there. On cap metro more than 1,300 people were engaged by EPD and cap metro to gain feedback on corridor options including views sought on trees, cycle and pedestrian paths. 5,300 people visited the interactive website with 97 participating in online forums. On city to Northbourne Avenue, two workshops were held with key stakeholders including community representatives.

I am acutely aware of the interest the public shows, of course, in decisions on roads and parking. The government, through Roads ACT, highly values the views of stakeholders and members of the public on all decisions made on road infrastructure informing Roads ACT decisions and planning. Major consultation processes in 2015 have resulted in nearly 3,000 pieces of feedback from the community.

In Gungahlin that includes 416 responses; a local area traffic management study on Copland Drive and surrounding streets in Evatt, Melba and Spence received 1,111 pieces of feedback; on Belconnen and Weston Creek, over 300; evaluation of the Tuggeranong traffic management scheme, 650 pieces of feedback; on Forde heritage car park, 55; on the 40k speed zone in group centres, 286 pieces of feedback; on Gundaroo Drive duplication, 14 pieces of feedback; and on community services—I know I am running out of time, Mr Assistant Speaker—we do highly engage with key stakeholders and the broader community with a number of significant reforms underway, particularly around the implementation of a step up for our kids.

We have engaged over 250 stakeholders to seek views on operational aspects of implementation, and those have been had through roundtables, meetings, think tanks, correspondence and face-to-face meetings as well. So you can see that the government does engage well. I will take on board some of the comments that Mr Hanson made. You can see, from those numbers that I have spelt out, that Mr Hanson’s comments are just a furphy. (Time expired.)

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (3.56): When it comes to community consultation I think that the key issues really is that one of the best ways that community views can be integrated into decision making is to engage with the community early and endeavour to do so when there is still scope for change to a decision, whether that is a planning decision, which is perhaps where this topic most commonly comes up, or in a range of policy development areas that governments undertake on a regular basis.

Certainly the Greens have long advocated for a range of improvements to community consultation and brought many examples to this place where we have put ideas forward, including legislation, to improve consultation processes. In Canberra, this

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