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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 3568..


further inquiry into the audit report was warranted at that stage; however, the committee intended to continue monitoring the outcome of the committee's market testing processes.

On 11 July 2012 the committee resolved that the audit report no longer warranted further inquiry. Any further inquiry into government accommodation is a matter for the public accounts committee of the Eighth Assembly to consider. Given that the government office accommodation project remains ongoing, I note that there is no procedural obstacle to that committee resolving to examine the matter further.

In concluding, the committee notes for the record that it has inquired into 34 of the 40 Auditor-General's reports that were referred to it in the course of the Seventh Assembly. Of the 34 audit reports, it resolved to inquire further into 16.

Climate Change, Environment and Water—Standing Committee

Report 8

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (11.12): I present the following report:

Climate Change, Environment and Water—Standing Committee—Report 8—Inquiry into Current and Potential Ecotourism in the ACT and Region, dated 22 August 2012, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I again want to thank those who have been involved in this inquiry. I thank Mary Porter and Zed Seselja, the deputy chair and member of the committee, and the secretary, Sam Salvaneschi, Dr Brian Lloyd and Lydia Chung. I thank those in the library who also helped with this report. And it was significant work that they also contributed.

The Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and Water decided that we would, as our final inquiry, look at current and potential ecotourism in the ACT and region. And some of the things we wanted to inquire into were the extent of organisations that were involved in ecotourism activities, how those activities contributed to or detracted from conservation and restoration of ecosystems, and what contribution they made to the region's economy.

We also wanted, of course, to look at the sort of accreditation and licensing that were in place that incentivised the ecotourism area or activities but also ensured that it was not a bit of greenwash and that, in fact, the sort of accreditation and licensing did put in some protections and enhancement of the region's ecosystems. We wanted to be looking at industry and government measures that supported and ensured the promotion of biodiversity and other benefits of ecotourism.


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