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VET. As the minister responsible for skills development I will continue to ensure that our framework meets the needs of emerging industries and, in particular, emphasises the importance of STEM skills and re-skilling for women and mature age workers.

It is a privilege to outline my priorities for these portfolios today. As minister I will continue my open and collaborative style. I will seek out new partners and encourage new ideas. I will work with people to find smart ways for government, the community and business to work together to deliver for Canberrans. I look forward to working with my dedicated colleagues. We are all humbled by the faith and trust the community has put in us and the stakeholders across my portfolios and the talented and hardworking staff of the ACT public service. Above all I look forward to continuing to work with the Canberra community and, in particular, those people who put their trust in us to represent them here.

I present the following paper:

Ministerial priorities—Minister Fitzharris—Ministerial statement, 15 December 2016.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Portfolio priorities

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.34): I rise today to speak on the priorities that I will be focusing on within my portfolios for this term of government.

Firstly, I would like to discuss planning and urban renewal. Holding the role of minister for planning from the start of a parliamentary term gives me an opportunity to establish a strong direction, and one that recognises that the needs of our city are changing. I want to bring people back into planning. We do not undertake city planning simply for the sake of creating artistic street layouts. We plan ahead so that we have the best chance of meeting the future needs of the people who will live, work and play in our city.

In developing my statement of planning intent I spent a lot of time attending community meetings, in workshops with groups of all demographics, including our young professionals, and listening to the aspirations that Canberrans have for our city. I would like that approach to become the default for talking about planning in Canberra. I support the Chief Minister’s ambitions to develop more meaningful ways to engage with our community and to hear community views. I will ensure that, as Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal, the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate and the Land

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