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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 4 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 1147..


Amendment agreed to.

Question put:

That Mr Seselja's motion, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Barr Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 6: Mr Doszpot Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Mr Seselja Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Environment—conservation

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (4.08): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Canberra Liberals' 2012 election policy to bring all nature conservation functions into a single directorate;

(b) clause 3.12 of the 2012 ACT Labor-Greens agreement to merge all existing ACT conservation services into a single agency; and

(c) the present administrative structure within the ACT Government, where conservation functions are split between the Environment and Sustainability Directorate and Territory and Municipal Services Directorate; and

(2) directs the Government to establish a nature conservation agency within the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate by 1 July 2013.

After 11 years of ACT Labor, our local environment is neglected and run down with uncut grass, badly maintained fire trails and overgrown weeds, at the cost of human access and safety as well as environmental values. This neglect became so bad that park care groups in 2011 feared the government had plans to de-list and sell reserve land to fund their uncontrolled spending.

This motion is about delivering an administrative structure that can deliver enhanced resources to protect and manage our environment. The success of this motion will allow for better resourcing, service delivery, coordination of policy, coordination of


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