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The ACT Government banned waste-to-energy incineration and proposes legislating the right to a healthy environment. The proposed incinerator jeopardises these moves to protect Canberrans from climate change and ensure everyone can access clean air, water, healthy food and nature.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to:

- publicly oppose the proposal and any waste-to-energy incinerator proposed near the ACT;

- ban ACT waste from being used as feedstock for waste-to-energy incineration;

- call on the Act Government to liaise with NSW Government counterparts to ensure ACT opposition is heard;

- call on the ACT Government to lodge a submission to oppose the proposal during the public exhibition of the Development Application and Environmental Impact Study;

- call on the ACT Government to conduct an awareness campaign to ensure Canberrans are informed and know how to object.

Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petition, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity.

Environment—Callum Brae Nature Reserve—petition 16-22

By Ms Clay, from 583 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly:

Callum Brae Nature Reserve is a very special place. It protects critically endangered Yellow Box and Blakely Red Gum and grassy woodland. Callum Brae is the largest, best-connected and most diverse area of these species remaining in Australia. Many species of birds, some of which are critically endangered or endangered including the swift parrot and the gang gang cockatoo nest there. It is a popular location for birdwatching and walking, accessible to people with mobility issues, offering serenity in a peaceful natural environment.

Callum Brae Nature Reserve is under severe threat by a proposed large crematorium and cemetery adjacent to it. (Development Application: 202138789). This commercial development proposal is inappropriate, unnecessary and damaging to the environment and endangered flora and faunal species, and includes the loss of mature native trees with nesting hollows. The location of the proposed development site provides necessary connectivity to the Mt. Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to:

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