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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 13 February 2018) . . Page.. 81 ..

this city’s first citizens jury. The insight we gain in working with the citizens jury will also inform our efforts through this year and beyond to engage more directly with the Canberra community.

The government’s work over the next 12 months is focused on what Canberrans value most and what they want from their city. There is no doubt that great cities work when they deliver essential services, are sustainable but, importantly, are open to new ideas. Canberra is a positive, progressive city. It is a city that is making things happen, and I am pleased that more and more people are recognising what is on offer here. Our government continues to focus on delivering on our commitments to build a better Canberra. During 2018 we be focused on delivering today but also on building for tomorrow. I present the following paper:

Government priorities 2018—Ministerial statement, 13 February 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ministerial delegation to New Zealand

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (4.25): It gives me great pleasure to report to the Assembly on my visit to our sister city Wellington and to Auckland from 19 to 22 November last year. The signing of the sister city agreement between Canberra and Wellington in July of 2016 formalised our commitment to work together to continue to grow both our city economies, support our respective business communities and further enhance the cultural and social fabric of two cool little capitals, Wellington and Canberra.

The commitment includes programs that seek to facilitate enhanced business partnerships, tourism promotion, education and cultural exchange, research and knowledge sharing. The sister city agreement also outlines our intent to collaborate in areas such as community services, affordable housing, sustainable transport solutions and mutual exchange regarding renewable and sustainable energy supply, and programs which support opportunities for First Peoples and Indigenous exchange.

A lot of activities have been undertaken and progress made since the signing of the sister city agreement back in 2016. Some early achievements in the first 12 months of the relationship include: an MOU signed between our own innovation network and the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency; an MOU signed between the Canberra Business Chamber and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce; and an MOU signed between the Zealandia nature reserve and our own Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

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