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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (16 March) . . Page.. 890..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

Category 1 grassland at Caswell Drive will remain as a rural lease, with an increased conservation focus within a revised land management agreement.

The report makes a further 29 recommendations on a range of areas, including ACT and commonwealth legislation, agreements between the commonwealth and ACT government agencies, management and operational plans, rural and agistment lease processes, clarifying land use, community involvement and resolving heritage status. These recommendations seek to ensure effective long-term management of our grassland and will generally be implemented.

Of the 29 long-term recommendations, 13 are fully supported. Seven are supported in principle and another four recommendations are supported in part. In particular, weed management and appropriate mowing practices will be given priority, while management will be informed by improved monitoring, be adaptive to changes and include ecological burns as a management tool. There will be a focus on implementing a strong culture and formal process of compliance, monitoring and enforcement of land management agreements. The government is also supportive of recommendations aimed at raising community awareness, such as the holding of a grassland forum and improved exchange of information.

The 11 recommendations relating the Belconnen naval transmission station are largely a matter for the commonwealth. Seven recommendations have been implemented, while the remaining four have been partially implemented. The ACT considers that the bulk of these lands should become a conservation reserve.

Finally, I would like to thank the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Maxine Cooper, for the thoroughness and clarity of her report. It is an important guide to the long-term sustainability of our native grasslands, and the government is committed to its direction and implementation. I commend the government response to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Rattenbury) adjourned.

Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission

Report 4 of 2010

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.33): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission—Report 4 of 2010—Final Report—Electricity Feed-in Renewable Energy Premium: Determination of Premium Rate, dated March 2010.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.


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