Page 4112 - Week 11 - Thursday, 21 September 2017

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Mr Parton: For some of them.

MR RAMSAY: People are able to engage with Australia Post and nearby agencies as well if they need to have cash. And we will continue to have a broad range, a positive way, of engaging, because Access Canberra is indeed working to make things easier, simpler and faster for all Canberrans.

Planning—Tharwa village

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, can you update the Assembly on the consultation currently underway on the Tharwa draft village plan?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Pettersson for his question. The government remains committed to consulting with the Canberra community at every stage of a draft plan or variation, and the Tharwa village plan is no exception to this. Having completed the draft of the Tharwa village plan, the government is now engaging in this consultation and ensuring that we get the views of all the stakeholders on the proposed changes. The current phase of consultation on the draft plan began on 11 August and will close tomorrow. So it is not too late for anyone to have their say.

Throughout this process the local and broader community have been able to engage with the new draft plan, providing their views and thoughts on how they wish to preserve and improve the village.

I was lucky enough to attend the Tharwa bush festival earlier this month. Among the great events that I and the community were able to take part in, a drop-in session was also held, where locals and visitors were invited to give their views on the plan. The session was well attended by the community, who discussed many opportunities for the future of the village and what they wanted to see from the draft plan.

Once this consultation period has closed, the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate will consider feedback on the draft village plan provided by the community and other areas of government during the second stage of engagement. This will inform development of the final version of the Tharwa village plan. Once the final plan is released, the government may propose changes to the Territory Plan that will also go through community engagement processes.

The ACT government understands the importance of Tharwa village to those who live and work in and visit the village and the unique challenges that it presents. Therefore community engagement continues to be crucial in developing a strong vision for the village. I thank EPSDD officers for coming out on a Sunday to engage with the community; I think they enjoyed some of the delights of the fair as well.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, can you provide further detail on the key recommendations proposed by the Tharwa draft village plan?

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