Page 2002 - Week 06 - Thursday, 9 June 2022

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everyone across the chamber for supporting this motion. The discussion has shown that we are proud of living in a city that has such rich biodiversity and that we do want to protect it. I would like to thank Ms Lawder for highlighting the importance of our environmental volunteers. This is work that we do in partnership, and there is no way that we could achieve this, and continue to protect this beautiful place that we get to call home, without the partnership of our environmental volunteers. It is so important.

Minister Gentleman highlighted the fact that, when we think about planning, we often think about the development of our city. But planning is actually an important tool to identify what areas we need to protect and how we need to look after these bits of our territory to ensure that they continue to host the incredible biodiversity that we have. Minister Gentleman also spoke about the importance of active management that is needed from land managers, in partnership with environmental volunteers. It is important that we thank the dedicated rangers, ecologists and scientists that are looking after our land, as well as the amazing environmental volunteers that dedicate thousands of hours to protect our local biodiversity.

Ms Clay highlighted the importance of how connected everything is. When we think about one part of our city, it is connected to another part of our city, and biodiversity is intertwined in a lot of the decisions and issues that face our local community.

It was important to hear Dr Paterson’s reflection regarding the work we are doing around tree protection. I often say when I am out in the community that trees are an issue that I talk about every day. In particular, the work that we are doing around the urban forest bill will be really important to protect and grow our tree canopy, while also thinking about the contribution to biodiversity in terms of tree legislation. We love trees for a range of reasons, but we often forget that biodiversity is an important element of that.

In closing, I would like to reflect on what I was doing on 22 May. I had the joy of going to a Landcare event. It was a community day that brought together members of the LGBTIQA+ community. It was a day to bring people who had not been involved in a Landcare activity together around a planting event. It was a really joyous event that recognised the importance of nurturing both the country that we get to call home and ourselves and each other as a community. It was a beautiful way to express what biodiversity is all about. While I, sadly, was not at the Conservation Council dinner, due to being in isolation, it was an important way to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity.

I would like to thank members for supporting the motion. I think it is really important for us today, tomorrow and into the future.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Ms Cheyne) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

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