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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (18 February) . .

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Noting that many of the committee's recommendations are closely aligned with those made by the Auditor-General, I can advise the Assembly that the government has agreed to three recommendations, agreed in principle to one recommendation and noted one recommendation. This includes a commitment to report to the Assembly on directorates' progress towards implementing the online grants management process prior to the conclusion of the Eighth Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

State of the environment report 2015

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Capital Metro, Minister for Health, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change): For the information of members and pursuant to the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act 1993, I present the latest state of the environment report for the period July 2011 to June 2015:

Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act, pursuant to section 22—Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment—ACT State of the Environment Report 2015.

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

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I am pleased to table the latest Australian Capital Territory state of the environment report. It is a requirement of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act 1993 that the commissioner present to the government at regular intervals a report on the condition of our environment. The government is also tabling a report in readiness to formally respond to the commissioner's report later this year.

The state of the environment report is an independent assessment of the status of the ACT's environment. The 2015 state of the environment report is the seventh such report and covers the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2015. The state of the environment report comprises an introduction and five main sections.

The first main section describes the key pressures and drivers of change that impact on the environment, notably climate change and growing human needs. The second main section is an assessment of the themes: air, land, water, biodiversity, climate and heritage in the ACT. This section gives us an indication of how the environment is faring and takes into account the impact of climate change and increasing human need on it. The section includes indicators and assessment grades for each of the themes. Confidence ratings are also provided to indicate the level of evidence underpinning the assessments made in the report. The third main section assesses the implications of changes in the environment in relation to livability, ecosystem services and social and environmental resilience.


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