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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 August 2017) . . Page.. 3241 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order, Mrs Jones.

Mrs Jones: On relevance, the question asked whether the data can be tabled by the end of today. It is quite a straightforward question. I am worried that we are not going to actually get any information about that particular set of data.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Jones, there is no point of order. The minister has been explaining the datasets that are available and the work in progress. Do you have anything else to add, minister?

Ms Fitzharris: No.

Planning—community engagement

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, can you provide an explanation of the new DA finder app and how it supports engagement with the community on planning?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Orr for her interest in planning and also new technologies. The recently launched DA finder app is a key initiative of the ACT government to enable the local community to engage with and to provide feedback on proposed developments in their local area. The app, easily accessible on smart phones and tablets, enables users to view and link to current development application notifications, both nearby and Canberra wide.

In addition, users can elect to receive an alert when a planning notification is available in their specified areas of interest. Users can select then view a notification via the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate’s website and respond through the existing feedback channels. The link will take them straight there. Allowing residents to be kept up to date on development applications and providing them with quick, easy methods by which they can respond to the new proposal is a feature of the app. The latest version of the DA finder app, version 2, allows users not only to search for development applications but also provides access to the latest environmental impact studies, master plans and proposed Territory Plan variations as well.

As part of the ACT government’s commitment to continual community involvement, the DA finder app plays a simple but key role. It increases accessibility for those who may have been unsure how to participate in the current feedback system. Whether you are a builder, a property developer, a local business person, real estate agent or community council representative, or you just have a keen interest in what is going on around you, the DA finder app will help you to stay informed. The app enables all development application information to be readily available at your fingertips, with information sent directly to smart phones and tablets. It enables easy access to key information and development applications that some may not have realised have been lodged in areas nearby.

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