Page 3639 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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Youth Affairs for its consideration; and consider the government response to Auditor-General’s report No 6 of 2018, Physical Security, when it becomes available and then consider whether to inquire further.

The committee had already agreed to inquire further into Auditor-General’s report No 8 of 2018, Assembly of rural land west of Canberra, at its private meeting of 4 July 2018, meeting No 55.

Better suburbs 2030

Ministerial statement

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for City Services, Minister for Community Services and Facilities, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Roads) (10.12): I am delighted to be able to present to the Assembly today the following papers:

Better Suburbs Statement 2030—Ministerial statement, 18 September 2018.

Have your say on city services for Better Suburbs—Statement 2030.

This follows on from the work of my colleague Minister Meegan Fitzharris in starting this really important piece of work to deliver better services for our suburbs, in partnership with our city’s citizens.

The fast rate at which our city is growing means we need to take a holistic and sustainable approach to providing quality city services for our suburbs, whether they are well established or newly developed. We know our rapid growth as a city means we need more coordinated and efficient city services to deliver as much as possible within existing resources. We also know we need to do this in a way that is responsive to community needs and expectations, and so the better suburbs program was established.

In recent years community engagement processes across a range of government projects have shown that Canberrans are passionate about their city and willing to contribute to ideas and energy to meet the changing needs of our suburbs and our people to ensure that Canberra remains an attractive, safe and easy place to move around. As the better suburbs statement 2030 shows, this is particularly true in terms of stormwater management, waste management, combating the effects of climate change and maintaining Canberra’s bush capital legacy.

The better suburbs statement was developed through a new model of engaging with citizens, in line with the government’s commitment to best practice and better community consultation through deliberative democracy and genuine engagement. Deliberative democracy involves citizens coming together for a period of time, being given credible and reliable information on the topic under review, discussing the subject at length and arriving at a shared view on the way forward.

The purpose of the better suburbs program was to determine the value the community places on the different city services provided by government and to identify

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