Page 4914 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 27 November 2018

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As we enter the bushfire season, I am glad to say that we are better prepared than ever to handle the challenges that are coming. The recent Pierces Creek bushfire showed the strength of our resolve and our procedures. I am confident that, under the vigilant watch of the emergency services agencies, Canberra’s community will be safer this summer.

I also want to acknowledge the great work this year by ACT Policing. The new Chief Police Officer, Ray Johnson, is a man of great experience, and I look forward to working with him, particularly on the police futures model. I thank the former Chief Police Officer, Justine Saunders, for all the hard work she put in to her role, and wish her well for the future.

It has also been a big year for the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate. The directorate has done a great job in supporting our growing city and preserving the bush capital that we love. In particular, I am very pleased at the new and interesting ways that EPSDD has been working with the community to understand and respond to their views. I look forward to continuing this into 2019 and keeping Canberrans involved in their city’s planning.

This year has been one of achievements for our city and its people, and I am proud to serve in a progressive government delivering for its community. I look forward to the year to come for more opportunities to build a better Canberra.

I want to say a fond farewell to Brenton Sloane. He has been a fantastic comms officer and has provided me with some very sage advice. I wish him all the best for the future in his new role, which will allow him to spend more time with his family. I thank his family for allowing him to spend that time with us.

I thank all of the people in my office, my staff and my DLOs, for making life fun. They have been a fantastic group to work with. I also thank my constituents in Brindabella. They have been a great group to work with. Happy Christmas to all.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.59 pm.

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