Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1583..
MR CORBELL (continuing):
I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Dr Foskey) adjourned to the next sitting.
Namadgi national park—revised draft plan of management
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.16): I move:
I am very minded of the constraints placed upon me as a member of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment and the constraints placed on me by standing order 241. At no stage in the remarks that I will make will I divulge anything that has been said by me or to me or divulge any of the decisions so far made by the planning and environment committee.
I will go back and start with a bit of chronology and a bit of background. As we all know, Namadgi national park makes up approximately 50 per cent of the ACT's land mass; it must have, in accordance with the legislation, a management plan. This is the first revision of the management plan of Namadgi national park since self-government.
This has been a long, drawn-out process; it was over five years from when the process started until the revised draft management plan arrived in the planning and environment committee. There are a lot of reasons for that; some of it was that there were a lot of hold-ups because of the 2003 bushfires. I do not want to be overly critical of the time delays, especially in the period between 2003 and 2005, because at that time I think the view was taken—and I do not resile from this view—that there were on-the-ground land management issues that were more important and that resources should be put into those rather than into the draft management plan.