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The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 4

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Kikkert

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Parton

Mr Gentleman

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Environment—ACT Environment Awards

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (5.08): Today I rise to speak about the ACT Environment Awards. These awards are given to those who have made a significant contribution to the protection of our environment in various ways, including but not limited to organised community campaigns, volunteering, political advocacy, research and science. Winners of these awards are selected by an independent panel.

The Conservation Council and the local environment community celebrated the 2021 ACT Environment Awards on 14 December last year. I was delighted to attend and announce the awards at the online event. I would also like to acknowledge my colleague Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA, who joined me at the awards.

There were three award winners. The winner of the first, the Moira and John Rowland Young Environmentalist of the Year, open to those up to 28 years of age, was Jessica Fordyce. Jessica works with the Canberra Region Joint Organisation to lead a food rescue and donation project in the council regions surrounding the ACT. The project aims to prevent discarded food from supermarkets ending up in landfill. Instead, Jessica helps to build successful, ongoing relationships between supermarkets and charities to ensure that this food reaches the hands of those who need it most. She is now scoping out potential for a similar project here in the ACT. Congratulations, Jessica. It was particularly special that Moira and John’s daughter attended the event and spoke about her parents’ love of Canberra’s environment.

I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and effort of the other nominee for this award, Annika Reynolds.

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