Page 2168 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 2 August 2022

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Water and Sewerage Act—Water and Sewerage (Fees) Determination 2022—Disallowable Instrument DI2022-126 (LR, 27 June 2022).

Water Resources Act—Water Resources (Fees) Determination 2022—Disallowable Instrument DI2022-138 (LR, 27 June 2022).

Work Health and Safety Act—

Work Health and Safety (Fees) Determination 2022—Disallowable Instrument DI2022-81 (LR, 9 June 2022).

Work Health and Safety Amendment Regulations 2022 (No 1), including a regulatory impact statement—Subordinate Law SL2022-12 (LR, 30 June 2022).

Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act—Working with Vulnerable People Background Checking (Fees) Determination 2022 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2022-70 (LR, 6 June 2022).

Environment—lakes and waterways

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.05): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act, pursuant to section 22—Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment—State of the Lakes and Waterways in the ACT

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (3.05): I am pleased to table the investigation report on the state of the lakes and waterways in the ACT, recently completed by the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment.

In March 2021, as ACT Minister for the Environment, I directed the Commissioner to undertake an investigation on the state of Canberra’s urban lakes and waters. The investigation was to consider water quality and ecological health, the effectiveness of monitoring and management practices, and the role of the community and other stakeholders. I am tabling this report today as the minister responsible for investigations undertaken by the Commissioner.

I commissioned this report because Canberra’s urban lakes and waterways play a vital role in the function of our city and the health and wellbeing of our community. The last review was conducted ten years ago, and it was time to inquire again. It was a recommendation of the 2019 ACT State of the Environment report and an election commitment of the ACT Greens. This review was timely, as we knew that a lot of good work has been done since that time to improve our waterways, particularly through our Healthy waterways investments; but there was more work to be done.

We know that as a community we have had changing expectations around the functions of our urban lakes and waterways. As well as serving a specific function to control pollution, they are also places we love; where we recreate, where we enjoy

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