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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 8 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3661..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

portfolio responsibilities. The chair of the elected body will continue to interact directly with ministers and chief executives at their discretion. The recent budget provides funding for an Indigenous liaison officer at the Women's Legal Centre. Delivery on the commitments outlined in this report is also an important aspect of the government's agenda and these agreed actions will become the point of reference for future reports to the elected body and to me.

A good deal of work has occurred over the last three months, as reflected in the timelines in the government's response. Productive consultation continues to occur with relevant members of the body. I note for example that members have already received a copy of the ACT contribution to the national Indigenous Expenditure Report.

Mr Assistant Speaker, we are all committed to equitable and quality service delivery across government and through partnerships between government and community, and I am confident the elected body will continue to work tirelessly to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT.

Namadgi national park plan of management

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Namadgi National Park Plan of Management.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: The Namadgi national park plan of management has been prepared in accordance with part 10.4 of the Planning and Development Act 2007. The plan is the culmination of many years work and I am pleased to be able to present the final plan to the Assembly today. Namadgi national park is the largest conservation reserve in the ACT, covering 46 per cent of the territory.

The park includes the rugged mountain ranges and broad grassy valleys in the western and southern parts of the ACT. It is part of the network of reserved areas known as the Australian Alps national parks, which covers 1.6 million hectares stretching from the Brindabella Range here in the ACT through the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales and along the Great Dividing Range in Victoria. Australia has little of this kind of alpine and subalpine landscape.

Namadgi national park is extremely important to the ACT for many reasons, not the least being its vital role in protecting the Cotter River catchment, which provides much of Canberra's drinking water. The park is also important for protecting a


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