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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . .

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territory. It would be remiss of any territory entity not to heed these lessons. Secondly, the audit examined the appropriateness of ACTEW's, now Icon Water's, decision to use project alliancing to deliver the three projects profiled, including how the alliance was structured and managed.

The committee thanks all those who contributed to its inquiry by making a submission, providing additional information or appearing before it to give evidence. I would also like to thank my committee colleagues, Ms Burch, Mr Hinder and Mr Coe, the former chair Mr Smyth, and other former members of the committee under whom the inquiry commenced. I would also like to pass on our very sincere thanks to the secretariat of the committee for all of their hard work. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair and paper

MS BURCH (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services relating to a recent meeting hosted by the committee with a group of ACT school students who were chosen to represent the parliament of youth on sustainability.

In May this year 293 students, ranging from kindergarten to year 12, from 28 ACT schools came together at the parliament of youth on sustainability at the Australian National University. They assembled to address the question: what is one action we should take to reduce Canberra's ecological footprint? During the parliament's committee sessions, 66 proposals were discussed, leading to 16 proposals brought to a full parliamentary session. Students then voted for their six preferred proposals and elected student ministers to present them to the committee. Some members of the Assembly had the opportunity to attend the session. The project was coordinated by SEE-Change with support from the ACT government and sponsors.

On 15 June this year the committee met with 14 members of the student cabinet and their advisers and supporters to discuss the proposals. Each of the student ministers presented a summary of their proposal and answered questions from the committee. Following the formal presentation and question and answer session, the committee had the opportunity to continue informal discussions and share ideas with the students over afternoon tea. The proposals presented included installing sensor taps in ACT public places, vending machine rubbish bins, wind turbine installation, sensor-activated streetlights, a bike share scheme and a ban or levy on boutique bags.

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank the student ministers for sharing their ideas with us with such passion. I was impressed by the enthusiasm and the thought displayed by those students and their enthusiasm to make sure that the community that they inherit and that they have carriage of is one that has a high regard for the ethological footprint. The meeting provided a valuable opportunity for


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