Chief Minister Gallagher has announced her latest moves to integrate the surrounding countryside:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Katy Gallagher, will move to establish a parliamentary committee to inquire into and advance the ambitions of region cooperation and collaboration for the greater capital region.
Through its work the committee would be able to assist the ACT Government to identify opportunities to co-ordinate economic development across the region, including in areas like tourism, shared services and transport. The establishment of the committee would also allow for tri-partisan engagement on the very important issue of our regional future.
The committee would examine further co-ordination of service planning and service delivery, particularly in health and education where the ACT Government is already a major regional provider.
It will also engage with the 12 local government areas in the region to examine the opportunities for savings and efficiencies through partnerships which leverage off a larger population base.
The Chief Minister is meeting with the region’s local government leaders today as part of the regular meetings of South East Regional Organisation of Councils (SEROC). She will brief the councils on the proposed select committee, which she has invited the Leader of the Opposition in the ACT to support.