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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1948..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The standing committee also notes the professional support and high level of administrative assistance and information that was provided to the interim Namadgi advisory board to enable all members of the board to fulfil their function of providing advice to the Conservator of Flora and Fauna and for the Namadgi national park draft plan of management.

In relation to the interim Namadgi advisory board members, I would like to take this opportunity to personally and publicly thank them for their most valued and valuable contribution. I recognise that it may not be easy for community members to participate in a strategic planning process such as the formulation of a plan of management when their experience with such matters may be limited. It is a credit to each of the individual board members that they persisted with the lengthy planning process required to produce this revised draft plan of management and see it through to completion. And for that I thank them very much.

I would also like to thank the National Parks Association for their ongoing advocacy for the preservation and management of the park. For the record, I would like to also assure the Assembly that the government will continue to manage Namadgi professionally, to resource the park to a level that it requires. The government will continue to ensure Namadgi's conservation values are protected and the park is accessible to the ACT community.

But I have to say there have been recent assertions by the association that the 2010-11 budget papers would include a 20 per cent cut in ranger positions in the budget. I have to say I regret raising that in the context of this, but it is a claim or an assertion made by the association this week which I refute categorically.

It should be noted by the Assembly that the final Namadgi national park plan of management will be tabled in the Assembly by my colleague the Minister for Planning, Mr Andrew Barr.

Finally, I thank all members of the committee for the considerable effort that they have put into reviewing this draft plan.

Debate (on motion by Ms Bresnan) adjourned.

Financial Management Act—instruments

Papers and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Financial Management Act—

Pursuant to section 14—Instrument directing a transfer of funds within ACT Health, including a statement of reasons, dated 21 April and 3 May 2010.

Pursuant to section 16—

Instrument directing a transfer of appropriations from the Chief Minister's Department to the Department of Land and Property Services, including a statement of reasons, dated 12 April 2010.


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