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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 August 2015) . . Page.. 2733 ..

MS BERRY: Support from the local community has been very encouraging and continues to grow. In November last year, 20 community members attended neighbourhood forums to help shape the network’s priorities. Many more contributed by posting their ideas on storyboards at places such as Kippax Fair, Belconnen Community Service, UnitingCare Kippax, West Belconnen Child and Family Centre, Strathnairn Arts centre and the Charny Carny.

In May we held a forum with over 40 community members. As a result of the forum, a number of community members committed to being active participants in the network. Among those local businesses are Kippax Fair shopping centre, Capital Chemist Charnwood and the Riverview Group. Belconnen Community Council has also participated actively in the community forums and the network gatherings.

In a recent interview on 666 ABC, Danielle Bates from Canberra city cares talked about the value of the program in direct response to the Dropping off the edge report. And I have received consistently positive feedback from talking to other organisations in recent months.

The fact that we have such strong endorsements from those who have been working on the ground with the community is a strong sign that we are responding to place-based disadvantage in the right way. Again, I thank the community and business leadership for getting so strongly behind the initiative.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice


MR GENTLEMAN: I have a matter from question time the other day. Mr Doszpot asked me what consultation took place with the community prior to the territory plan variation on section 72 Dickson being released. The answer is that the territory plan variation has not been formally released for comment. It is currently on track for public release by the end of 2015. All of the consultation to date has been ahead of and in addition to the required consultation as part of the statutory territory plan variation process. This additional level of consultation acknowledges the importance of this site and the government’s commitment to balancing the desires of the community and urban renewal objectives of the government. For the information of the Assembly I table a list of consultation undertaken to date:

Dickson Section 72—Community engagement—List of dates.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union—media campaign

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (3.18): I move:

That this Assembly condemns the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) for their recent anti-Chinese media campaign.

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