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multipurpose community areas featuring green space, playgrounds and recreational spaces.

In Singapore we saw how fresh food is grown commercially right in the heart of the city on rooftops. These learnings will help to inform the ACT government’s work to address climate change. In Copenhagen I learned that communities can remain engaged with high levels of public participation for extended periods of time. As cities are about people, encouraging sustained and genuine input from the community will ensure that Canberra continues to be a great city for its citizens.

As the Minister for Planning and Land Management, I look forward to ongoing collaboration with Prague under the EU world cities program, in particular to continue to build cooperative relationships across governments and businesses. To this end, the ACT government is scheduled to host an EU world cities meeting in Canberra in March next year.

It is therefore with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to commend the EU world cities program to members and table this report on the EU delegation study tour. Madam Assistant Speaker, I present the following papers:

European Union Delegation—August/September 2017—Ministerial statement, 30 November 2017.

European Union and Singapore—12-day study tour—Report.

Letter of intent between Canberra, Australia and Prague Start-up Centre, Prague, Czech Republic, dated 29 August 2017.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Veterans—initiatives and ministerial roundtable update

Ministerial statement

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (11.15): I am pleased to update members on the work that the government is doing for veterans and the wider veterans community in the ACT and to provide the Assembly with an update on the outcomes of the veterans ministers meeting I attended on 8 November.

The ACT government is committed to honouring and supporting those in our community who have served our country through the Australian Defence Force. I believe we are a strong society when everyone belongs, everyone is valued, and everyone participates. The participation of our veterans, their feeling of belonging, and recognition of their skills, their service and their contribution, are critical to building the inclusive society we are creating here in Canberra.

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