Government pops up in the community

The pop-up Cabinet in Woden on 2 and 3 September provided an opportunity for Woden, Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley residents to meet their Ministers and have their say on local issues in person.

My Cabinet and I were available at Westfield Woden where we had a stand set up for two days to meet with members of the community. We also hosted a business forum and community services roundtable, visited a local school, toured the hospital, and met with residents for 15 minute one-on-one meetings.

Over the two days, we talked with people about all manner of things. Issues ranging from the future of higher education in Woden, dual occupancy in suburban areas, infrastructure upgrades, health care, investing in the Woden precinct, child protection and community facilities were discussed.

We met with business owners in Westfield and also visited a number of business owners in Phillip, which was kindly facilitated by Robert Issell from the Phillip Business Community.

Despite it being a very wet Thursday morning in Canberra, it was great to walk through Phillip to meet with the Canberrans who are running their own businesses to find out how government can support them, to ensure their businesses continue to thrive.

The ACT Government is committed to supporting local businesses in our town centres and local shopping centres and during the business forum, as well as on a walking tour to local businesses within the Westfield, and of course during our stroll through Phillip, it was great to meet with business owners to find out about the nature of trading in Woden and to getter a better understanding of their specific needs.

The same can be said for the Community Services Roundtable which we hosted on day two of the Pop-up Cabinet. The ACT Government is committed to providing strong and supportive services to those in our community who need it most.

It was great to meet with community service providers in the Woden area to talk about community facilities, Aboriginal health and family support, and the needs of older Canberrans.

Overall we enjoyed an informative and interesting two days in Woden, and the response from the community was very positive.

Woden was the first of several Pop-up Cabinets which will be taking place in town centres across Canberra over the coming months. We look forward to meeting the Belconnen community at the next Pop-up Cabinet which will be announced shortly.