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very interested to find out the government’s response to some of those recommendations as well.
For the first time in a long time, between the additional investments in the Healthy Waterways package and the establishment of an Office for Water—both delivered by Greens and government, and enacting ACT Greens election commitments—I am excited that we will see some big structural changes in the water quality in Lake Tuggeranong, and that is exactly what my constituents have been calling for.
(Brindabella) (3.21): I want to make a few brief comments about the report from the commissioner. Before we congratulate ourselves too much on the great work that has happened over the last few years—and I acknowledge that there has been some fantastic work in our lakes and waterways—I point out once again that the CHIP report showed that Tuggeranong had its worst result ever for water quality last year. I repeat: the worst result ever for water quality.
While some people say, “It was La Niña and all of the rain,” I personally would be of the belief that most of the other lakes and waterways in Canberra would also be subject to the same rain, so why is it Tuggeranong that is singled out? Other lakes and waterways have ovals and sportsgrounds near them as well. Other lakes and waterways have gutters and kerbs leading into the stormwater system. It is not as simple as saying that, and Tuggeranong residents deserve better.
I am hopeful that the recommendations in the report will lead to an improvement in the water quality in all of our lakes and waterways. Mr Rattenbury and others will know that I have an interest in this area, and I would like to thank them very much for all of the effort they put in to answering my many questions on this topic. I know there have been a lot and that it has taken quite a bit of work, but I am very grateful for their assistance in that matter.
Throwing money at something does not always give you the best result. Often it does not hurt, but we must make sure that we are building the right water quality assets, not just building water quality assets. I look forward, with great hope, to water quality improvement in all of our lakes and waterways across the ACT.
Debate (on motion by Ms Lee) adjourned to the next sitting.
Alexander Maconochie Centre—mental health services
(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) (3.24): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:
That the Assembly take note of the following paper:
Auditor-General Act, pursuant to subsection 21(2)—Auditor-General’s Report No 1/2022—Management of detainee mental health services in the Alexander Maconochie Centre—Government response.