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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 642..


independent schools, but also representatives from the associations representing the public, Catholic and independent sectors, principals from participating schools and the ARACY project manager to provide input, feedback and endorsement of the project.

Throughout the development of the survey to measure parental engagement, parents will also be invited to participate. Successful parental engagement requires a strong focus on engaging with parents and stakeholders. Opportunities for regular input and involvement will certainly be provided. As I have mentioned before, this will be over two stages. It will start shortly and we will work with schools across the sector through this year and next year.

Environment—biodiversity offsets policy

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. As the minister responsible for developing an ACT biodiversity offsets policy, could you please advise the Assembly on when this policy will be circulated for community consultation?

MR CORBELL: Once it has been considered by the government as a whole.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, is the ACT government in breach of the commonwealth government offsets policy, particularly with regard to governance arrangements, given there are offset sites already approved but no offsets policy?

MR CORBELL: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what guidance does the ACT currently provide to proponents, including the LDA, of the siting and suitability of offset proposals?

MR CORBELL: The guidance that is provided is consistent with the criteria set out under the commonwealth EPBC legislation.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what requirements are placed on the proponents for data collection, monitoring and so on in the absence of an offsets policy? How is this enforced?

MR CORBELL: The application of offsets is undertaken and monitoring and research associated with such offsets is undertaken consistent with EPBC requirements under commonwealth legislation.

Transport—light rail

MR COE: The question is for the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, I refer you to the city to Gungahlin transit corridor


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