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report on the matter of racial vilification, be amended by omitting in part (4)(c) “30 September 2022” and substituting “24 November 2022”.

The committee has experienced several unexpected delays in conducting this inquiry. It is the intention of the committee to publish its report as soon as possible. However, the committee has asked for an extension to 24 November 2022 to provide adequate leeway.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee

Report 7

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (11.52): I present the following report:

Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee—Report 7—Inquiry into the West Belconnen supercell thunderstorm, dated 13 September 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

In my role as Chair of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing, I have tabled a report into the west Belconnen supercell thunderstorm. The report is a result of a motion introduced in this place by Mr James Milligan MLA, followed by the unanimous support of the committee.

This is the seventh report from the committee and it was due for tabling on 1 September. However, due to the postponement of estimates hearings, the committee was unable to meet to finalise the report for that date. Nevertheless, I am pleased to be able to table the report today.

The storm event occurred on 3 January 2022 and resulted in severe damage to homes and to the electricity grid in west Belconnen. Many homes remained without power for up to six days due to the extensive nature of the clean-up.

The committee received 23 submissions and conducted one public hearing. The committee now makes 15 recommendations to the ACT government and to Evoenergy. Today we will write to the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services and draw to their attention recommendation 8 of our report:

… that the ACT Government consider the appropriateness of tree species as part of future urban planting with regard to risk of damage from severe weather events.

I hope, accordingly, that the work of the health and community wellbeing committee, in documenting the lessons learned from the west Belconnen supercell thunderstorm, will inform the current inquiry being led by that committee into the Urban Forest Bill 2022.

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