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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1765..


The Committee recommends that the key indicators relating to the management of Tidbinbilla, not just customer-satisfaction, are introduced into the strategic and accountability indicators in the Budget Papers.

It is important that we have good tangible measures of the performance of Tidbinbilla and the management thereof. I think the budget papers and the annual report are the best places to do so.

More broadly, on the issue of nature reserves and national parks, I think it is important that we do open them up to the public. It is important that we encourage as many people as possible to enter national parks and reserves. The best way we can put a value on these facilities, on these resources, is for people to actually visit them and appreciate them. That is a philosophy that I know some people in this place do not necessarily support, but I think it is absolutely vital that we are serious about getting people into the parks and getting people able to enjoy them so that there is a greater impetus for this place and government in general to ensure that the place is managed properly.

I commend the report on the draft plan of management to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

Report 8

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (10.08): I present the following report:

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 8—Future Use of the Fitters' Workshop, Kingston, dated 13 April 2012, including dissenting comments (Ms Porter), together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

First off, I would like to thank my fellow committee members, Mr Hanson and Ms Porter, and the committee secretary, Andrew Snedden. This was at times quite a difficult inquiry. There are obviously many people in the community who are very passionate about this issue. I also thank everyone, including Megalo and the choral societies—I will acknowledge Helen Moore, who is in the Assembly this morning—for putting in their submissions. We received a huge number of submissions. And I thank people for coming in and giving evidence and for their cooperation through that process.

Having been the committee chair, I think that we did try and work in a collaborative way. I think the committee did do that. It was disappointing that we had dissenting comments from Ms Porter on the report, because we did try and work collaboratively throughout the process.


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